Sunday 11 December 2016

Sarah Caden: Taking on your husband's name is no longer such a feminist issue

More and more women are opting to change their surname after marriage for the sake of the family, writes Sarah Caden

Sarah Caden

Published 06/12/2015 | 02:30

SEALED WITH A KISS: Jennifer Maguire took her husband’s name, to become Jennifer
Zamparelli, after they wed
SEALED WITH A KISS: Jennifer Maguire took her husband’s name, to become Jennifer Zamparelli, after they wed

There was a time, and not so long ago, when as soon as Jennifer Maguire's July 2014 wedding occurred, her name would have changed. Post would have arrived addressed to Mrs Lau Zamparelli, RTE would have dropped the Maguire without even asking her. Hell, it wasn't so long ago that RTE would have had to drop Jennifer altogether, when the marriage ban was still in place.

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It was practices like these that made taking your husband's name a feminist issue and led to several decades of making a statement by keeping your own. But the tide is turning, albeit by choice rather than by societal force, and Jennifer Maguire is just the latest woman to say she's switching to her married name.

Of course, when it's by choice, you have to explain yourself, and while Jennifer has explained that she did it for her daughter, to create a family name, the trend towards name-changing can seem slightly strategic at other times.

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