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Director of WGSS Suzanna Walters discusses the gender-based tradition of taking the husband’s last name.

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Northeastern professor and director of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program Suzanna Danuta Walters, shares insight on the sexist tradition of women taking the man’s last name upon marriage. Walters discusses how many women are aware of the sexist roots in this tradition however no one cares to change it. Many women do it for the sake of their children, and many just go along with the tradition. This tradition remains engrained through the patriarchy and Walters hopes that more women will be aware of the implications of this practice and see to making a shift in gender-based traditions.

“There was a period in the ’70s where there was a real uptick in women keeping their own names. And now we’re back to these new statistics.”

Suzanna Danuta Walters, director of WGSS

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