Most Aussie women still take husband's name after marriage

MORE than 80 per cent of women take their husband's name after marriage, while debate continues over whether the tradition is sexist, a Flinders University professor in Adelaide says.

Head of women's studies Associate Professor Yvonne Corcoran-Nantes said as well as most women taking their husband's name after marriage, up to 96 per cent of children were given their father's name.

Professor Corcoran-Nantes, who has been researching the topic for several years, said the tradition dated back to a time when women were only seen as property.

"It has a very long history and it has to do with inheritance and property and dating back to when women were property or as good as, and you are actually taken into the husband's family and therefore you take his name," Professor Corcoran-Nantes told 891 ABC Adelaide.

She said while most married women in Australia were happy to take their husband's name, most men were completely against adopting their wives' names.

Read more at: ABC



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