Women’s own identities were disappearing.
Why I’m Returning to My Maiden Name
Emily LaFave Olson

This is one of the most powerful arguments: a complete and very rich part of a family’s history begins to be forgotten with a single marriage. I’ve met so many people, men and women, who do not know their mother’s maiden name (her father’s last name, that is) or if they do, their grandmother’s. The question I like to ask when I get into this subject -as a game, if you will- is “what would your last name be if people inherited the mother’s last name instead of the father’s? To keep it simple, just go back three generations”. You can guess the answer.

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