Changing Your Name After Marriage
In many western countries, particularly the UK ad the US, young women continue to take their husband’s surname when they get married. In the US around 70% and in the UK almost 90% of women take their husband’s surname.
Although taking the man’s surname is by no means compulsory, some find it surprising that women choose this option as historically it represented that the man now “owned” his wife.
Instructions:Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.
Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary
- Should women stop taking their husband's surname when married?
- Do women take the man’s surname in your country?
- Do you think it is a tradition that shouldn’t continue?
- Why do you think many women now choose to take the man’s surname?
- Would you be in favour of a law preventing women from taking a man’s surname?
- What potential problems can you see if women keep their original surname?