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When girls are growing up, they see what they have to look forward to: the abandonment of their identity into the identity of another. What incentive do they have to develop their full identities in their adolescence?

Similarly, the U.S. tradition is for children to be given the father's surname in approximately 95% of births to children to married parents. The message to mothers is: "Your name is not important. Your family history is not important." Of course, their children see the same message, "I have my father's name because my mother's pre-marriage name is not important."

This absence of Name Choice Freedom at marriage and in the naming of children communicates a major sexist message to those who have changed their names and to those whose names are affected by this sexist tradition (i.e. virtually all of us). That message is:
WOMEN ARE NOT IMPORTANT. THEIR IDENTITIES ARE NOT WORTH AS MUCH AS MEN'S IDENTITIES


The Lucy Stone League works to change the naming practices at marriage and at birth to a non-sexist tradition where the burden of name changes, if any, are shared by men and women; and the source of naming of children is shared by mothers and fathers. 

Until naming practices are equal, women will not be considered equal to men in the U.S. In fact, the measure of naming should be used as an index of the real freedom of women and girls in our society. In the 1960's and 1970's approximately 85% of women changed their names at marriage, but the percentage has increased in these socially conservative times. The change in the practice should be in the other direction.

Everyone in the U.S. can change or retain their name, as long as they are not trying to deceive creditors or the government. In some states, some people choose to apply for a civil court authorization, but that is not necessary. It helps to notify in writing everyone who would have possible interest of the name change. The primary effect of the Lucy Stone League is to encourage women to keep their birth names, and taking that course will require no notification at all. Wedding announcements can state that the bride is keeping her name, but creditors and government agencies do not rely upon the Society pages for the names and addresses of their clients so nothing needs to be done if name retention is planned. If the husband or wife is changing his/her name, then creditors and governments and other organizations need to be notified.


<p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>Name Choice Options:</b></font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1">In this discussion, the example of Mary Holland and Adam Westgate are used.</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1">If you decide you want to have a common surname, your options include:</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1">.Wife&apos;s surname (Mary and Adam Holland)</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1">.Husband's surname (Adam and Mary Westgate)</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1">.Hyphenated surname (Mary and Adam Holland - Westgate or Adam and Lauren Westgate- Holland)</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1">.Melded surname (Mary and Adam Gateland/Holwest/Westland/Holgate)</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1">.An entirely new surname (Mary and Adam Ellis)</font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1">If you decide to retain your surnames, your options include:</font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1">.Each keeps birth surname (Mary Holland and Adam Westgate)</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1">.Use your partner's surname as a middle name (Mary Westgate Holland and Adam Holland Westgate)</font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>Name Choice and Children</b></font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1">If you decide to have children, there are numerous options for surnames. &nbsp;These options include:</font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1">. Different surnames (ex: daughters have mother's surname, sons have father's or vice versa)</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1">. First child has one parent&apos;s surname and second has the other&apos;s surname</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1">. Hyphenate your children's surname</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1">.Create a melded surname for your children combining your surnames</font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1">Remember that everyone has the right to change their name or keep their name as long as the purpose is not fraudulent. Also, for those that encounter difficulty in this process, remember that every year approximately 800,000 women continue to change their names (mostly for the same sexist reasons) at marriage without difficulty.</font></p><p align="left"></p>
<p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">On this page are two &apos;tests&apos; which can be used to measure the status of Name Choice Freedom for any person or group of people. Use them yourself for your family, your school classmates, your neighborhood, your representatives in government or any other group.</font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">The two tests are:</font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">LucyStoneLeague Marriage Name Choice Freedom Test, and the LucyStoneLeague Birth Name Choice Freedom Test.</font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">The Lucy Stone League used the Marriage Test to measure Name Choice Freedom as indicated in marriage announcements in several newspapers and determined the following scores:</font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">New York Times, -65.8 </font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">Maine Sunday Telegram, -90 </font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">Boston Globe, -95.8. </font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">With gender equality represented by 0, these measurements show that we have a long journey toward equality.</font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">----------------------------------------------------------------------------</font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">LucyStoneLeague Marriage Name Choice Freedom Test</font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">--100__-75__ -50__ -25__ 0__25__ 50__75 __100</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0"> </font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">favoring males . gender neutral . favoring females </font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">----------------------------------------------------------------------------</font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0"><b>Scoring</b></font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">-100 wife known as Mrs. Husband&apos;s First, Husband&apos;s last.</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">(Mr. and Mrs. Bill Clinton)</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0"> </font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">-90 wife takes husband&apos;s last name, but not known about first name</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">(Mr. and Mrs. Clinton) </font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">-75 wife takes husband&apos;s last name for all purposes, but not known about Mrs. Or Mr. title.</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">(Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton) </font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">- 50 wife hyphenates her name, and husband does not</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">(Hillary Rodham-Clinton, Bill Clinton) </font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">-60 wife hyphenates name for personal use, keeps name for professional use</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">(Hillary Rodham-Clinton, Hillary Rodham) </font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">-25 wife and husband both hyphenate -with husband&apos;s surname last</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">(Bill Rodham-Clinton, Hillary Rodham-Clinton) </font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">-10 names are combined with husband&apos;s name first</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">(Bill and Hillary Clintrod) </font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">0 both husband and wife take new, neutral name without connection to either</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">(Bill Washington, Hillary Washington) </font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">0 husband and wife keep birth names</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">(Hillary Rodham, Bill Clinton) </font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">0 husband and wife change each birth name to another non-birth name.</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">(Hillary Washington, Bill Jefferson) </font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">+10 names are combined with wife&apos;s name first</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">(Bill and Hillary Rodclint) </font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">+25 wife and husband hyphenate -with wife&apos;s surname last</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">(Bill Clinton-Rodham, Hillary Clinton-Rodham) </font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">+50 husband hyphenates his name and wife does not</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">(Bill Clinton-Rodham, Hillary Rodham) </font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">+60 husband hyphenates name for personal use, keeps name for professional</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">(Bill Clinton-Rodham, Bill Clinton) </font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">+ 75 husband takes wife&apos;s name for all purposes, but not known about Mr. or Mrs. title</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">(Bill Rodham) </font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">+90 husband takes wife&apos;s last name, but not known about first name</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">(Mr. and Mrs.Rodham) </font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">+100 husband is known as Mr. Wife&apos;s First, Wife&apos;s Last</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">(Mr. Hillary Rodham) </font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">--------------------------------------------------------------------------------</font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">LucyStoneLeague Birth Name Choice Freedom Test</font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">-100__-75__ -50__ -25__ 0__25__ 50__75 __100</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0"> </font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">favoring males &nbsp;. gender neutral . favoring females </font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">----------------------------------------------------------------------------<b>Scoring</b></font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">-100 Sons and daughters given father&apos;s surname</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">(Caroline Kennedy, John Kennedy) </font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">-25 Sons and daughters given Hyphenated name of parents- Father&apos;s last</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">(Caroline Bouvier-Kennedy, John Bouvier-Kennedy) </font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">-5 First child given father&apos;s name, with second to have mother&apos;s</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">(Caroline Kennedy, John Bouvier) </font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">0 Sons given father&apos;s surname, daughters given mother&apos;s </font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">(John Kennedy, Caroline Bouvier) </font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">0 Daughters and sons given combined name</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">(John Bouvedy, John Kenvier, Caroline Bouvedy, John Kenvier) </font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">0 Sons and daughters have entirely different names from parents </font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">(John Connolly, Caroline Connolly, John Mead, Caroline Mead) </font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">+5 First child given mother&apos;s name, with second to have father&apos;s. </font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">(Caroline Bouvier, John Kennedy) </font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">+25 Sons and daughters given Hyphenated name of parents- Father&apos;s first</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">(Caroline Kennedy-Bouvier, John Kennedy-Bouvier)</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0"> </font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">+100 Sons and daughters given mother&apos;s surname</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">(Caroline Bouvier, John Bouvier) </font></p><p align="left"></p>
<p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">Mark L. Kemp August 27, 2007</font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">I was born Mark David Layten, and I married Teresa Lynn Kemp. When we married, we each kept our name. Then, when our first child came</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">along, I stayed home and we agreed that he would have Terri's last name - Kemp. Little did I realize how important that decision would be. When you&apos;re lugging around a baby named &quot;Kemp&quot; and are his dad, everyone calls you Kemp. At first, I always corrected people but as time went on (and as we had another son) I did this less and less.</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">Finally, when I&apos;d call doctor&apos;s offices and other contacts for the kids, I just identified myself as Mark Kemp. Seven years ago, my wife became pregnant with our third child and we planned to move to</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">another city, to follow her job. Since we were moving and starting out in a new city and state, I figured we&apos;d make a new start as "the Kemps,"so I offered to take Terri&apos;s name. She was somewhat mortified at first, but we eventually agreed to do it. She took my old last</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">name as her new middle name. &nbsp;I got a lot of criticism from some people, but in the long run it&apos;s made things simpler.</font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">My official name now is only three names - Mark Layten Kemp (I dropped the &quot;David&quot;). &nbsp;So is my wife&apos;s - Teresa Layten Kemp (she dropped the &quot;Lynn&quot;). &nbsp;As you can no doubt appreciate, it&apos;s an unequal situation in that the name that defines you, for most reasons, is</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">your last name and mine is the one that changed. &nbsp;Plus, although Terri&apos;s middle name changed, her middle initial did not - L. &nbsp;So she sailed through the change as Teresa L. Kemp, before and since, while</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">I had all the explaining to do. &nbsp;It was hard on my male ego at first, but I&apos;ve basically evolved over the years from signing and identifying myself as &quot;Mark Layten Kemp&quot; to &quot;Mark L. Kemp&quot; to &quot;Mark Kemp&quot; to just &quot;Kemp.&quot; &nbsp;LOL! &nbsp;&nbsp;Heck, I even answer now to the &quot;the</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="0">Kempster.&quot;</font></p><p align="left"></p>
<p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1">In partnership with Amazon.com, you can order these books by clicking on their titles.</font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#00cafd" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><a href="/web/20130322124635/http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/027597877X/qid=1131156985/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_2/103-9127209-9527046?v=glance&s=books" target = "_blank">Woman&apos;s Voice, Woman&apos;s Place - Lucy Stone and the Birth of the Woman&apos;s Rights Movement</a><font color="#666666"><a href="/web/20130322124635/http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/027597877X/qid=1131156985/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_2/103-9127209-9527046?v=glance&s=books" target = "_blank"> </a>&nbsp;<font color="#333333">by Joelle Million, Praeger Publishers, Westport</font></font></font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><i>&quot;A truly remarkable achievement... Nowhere has so much information been brought together on Stone, highlighting her key role in the American woman suffrage movement in its formative years.&quot; &nbsp;- Carol Lasser </i></font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#00cafd" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><a href="/web/20130322124635/http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/091414202X/lucystoneleague" target = "_blank">Mrs. Man</a><font color="#333333">, by Una Stannard, 1977, by Germainbooks, San Francisco (385 pages) </font></font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1">This is the authoritative book about women&apos;s names and the evolving practice of taking husbands&apos; names upon marriage. </font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#00cafd" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><a href="/web/20130322124635/http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0684807416/lucystoneleague" target = "_blank">The Language of Names, What we call ourselves and why it matters</a><font color="#333333">, Justin Kaplan and Anne Bernays, Simon &amp; Schuster, (256 pages) New York </font></font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1">This book examines the nature and social structure of naming, and its chapter 8, &quot;Maiden Names&quot; directly addresses the issue of women changing their names.</font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#00cafd" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><a href="/web/20130322124635/http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0687119936/lucystoneleague" target = "_blank">Equal Marriage</a><font color="#333333">, by Jean Stapleton and Richard Bright, Abington Press, 1976. (out of print) </font></font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><i>This book, recommended by Lucy Stone League member Susan Rich, has an excellent Epilogue about name choice, &quot;Keeping Your Name - A Symbol of Equality&quot;. </i></font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#00cafd" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><a href="/web/20130322124635/http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0687119936/lucystoneleague" target = "_blank">Lucy Stone, Speaking Out for Equality</a><font color="#333333"><a href="/web/20130322124635/http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0687119936/lucystoneleague" target = "_blank">,</a> by Andrea Moore Kerr, 1992, Rutgers University Press (301 pages). </font></font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1">An excellent biography of a remarkable woman that profiles her immense contributions to the suffragette and anti-slavery movements.</font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#00cafd" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><a href="/web/20130322124635/http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0895942755/lucystoneleague" target = "_blank">Naming Ourselves, Naming Our Children: Resolving the Last Name Dilemma</a><font color="#666666"> <font color="#333333">by Sharon Lebell. Crossing, Freedom, CA,1988 (out of print, and the LSL is seeking copies)</font></font></font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#00cccc" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><a href="/web/20130322124635/http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0899504965/lucystoneleague" target = "_blank">Surnames for Women, A Decision Making Guide</a><font color="#333333">, by Susan J. Kupper, McFarland &amp; Company, Jefferson, NC, 1990. </font></font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1">This book reviews the history of name choices, and examines the issue through a survey of contemporary women. It affirms the importance of free choice for women. </font></p><p align="left"></p>
<p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1">Name choice decisions made by wife and husband should be free of traditional sexist requirements and should be made freely by each person.</font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1">A number of countries have legalized gay marriage and one of the many positives of this decision is that changing one's name upon marriage is clearly positioned as a choice: without gender to dictate traditional naming practices, couples are forced to make conscious, creative choices about name change and the surnames of their children.</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1">A few factors to be considered when deciding whether to change your name.</font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1">Do you:</font></p><p align="left"></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1">.Feel that the tradition of wives taking husband&apos;s names is fair?</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1">.Like your name and the feelings you have about your family with that name?</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1">.Feel proud of the ethnic tradition in your name, or do you want to move away from that tradition?</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1">.Like the sound of your name?</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1">.Plan to have children, and if so, what surname do you want them to have?</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1">.Want to go through the administrative process of changing your name? </font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1">.Are you aware of the history of name change? &nbsp;</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1">.Are you familiar with name change traditions in other cultures and countries? </font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1">.Want to bear the social burden of explaining to friends and relatives a new name? Or, on the other hand, why you chose to retain your name?</font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial" size="16" color="#333333" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1">.Have degrees and/or publications and/or other achievements in your name?</font></p><p align="left"></p>
<p align="center"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#00cafd" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>The following list provides some suggestions about what you can do to support name choice freedom:</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Join the Lucy Stone League.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Donate to LSL--your contributions go a long way to spreading the word about name choice equality.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Show your support for Name Choice Equality and get people talking by purchasing a LSL item in our shop.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Make your own thoughtful choice for your own name, and exercise your own right to Name Choice Freedom. </b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;If marrying, discuss with your fiance how the marriage will affect your names, if at all. If one or both names is to be changed, see the Decision Process page.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Become a Lucy Stoner and help the Lucy Stone League advocate for Name Choice Freedom by purhcasing a membership and/or making a finacial contribution.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Encourage others to exercise their rights to Name Choice Freedom.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Bring forms that maintain sexist naming practices to the attention of the management. &nbsp;These include forms that list &quot;Miss&quot; and &quot;Mrs.&quot; as options but not &quot;Master&quot; and &quot;Mr.&quot;</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Encourage your local newspaper to permit newlyweds to state their name choice plans and not to assume only &quot;Mr. and Mrs. Husband Name&quot; in wedding announcements.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Write letters to editors of magazines, newspapers re: name choice freedom.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Invite others to join Lucy Stone League.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Encourage institutions to stop using &quot;Mother&apos;s maiden name&quot; as a method of identifying the person. If there is any utility to asking about parents&apos; names encourage them to ask Father&apos;s Name and Mother&apos;s Name, or Fathers middle name and Mother&apos;s middle name. The point here is to ask for both or netiher, and not to assume that mothers change their names</b></font></p><p align="left"></p>
<p align="center"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#00cafd" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>The following list provides some suggestions about what you can do to support name choice freedom:</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Join the Lucy Stone League.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Donate to LSL--your contributions go a long way to spreading the word about name choice equality.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Show your support for Name Choice Equality and get people talking by purchasing a LSL item in our shop.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Make your own thoughtful choice for your own name, and exercise your own right to Name Choice Freedom. </b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;If marrying, discuss with your fiance how the marriage will affect your names, if at all. If one or both names is to be changed, see the Decision Process page.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Become a Lucy Stoner and help the Lucy Stone League advocate for Name Choice Freedom by purhcasing a membership and/or making a finacial contribution.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Encourage others to exercise their rights to Name Choice Freedom.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Bring forms that maintain sexist naming practices to the attention of the management. &nbsp;These include forms that list &quot;Miss&quot; and &quot;Mrs.&quot; as options but not &quot;Master&quot; and &quot;Mr.&quot;</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Encourage your local newspaper to permit newlyweds to state their name choice plans and not to assume only &quot;Mr. and Mrs. Husband Name&quot; in wedding announcements.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Write letters to editors of magazines, newspapers re: name choice freedom.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Invite others to join Lucy Stone League.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Encourage institutions to stop using &quot;Mother&apos;s maiden name&quot; as a method of identifying the person. If there is any utility to asking about parents&apos; names encourage them to ask Father&apos;s Name and Mother&apos;s Name, or Fathers middle name and Mother&apos;s middle name. The point here is to ask for both or netiher, and not to assume that mothers change their names</b></font></p><p align="left"></p>
<p align="center"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#00cafd" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>The following list provides some suggestions about what you can do to support name choice freedom:</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Join the Lucy Stone League.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Donate to LSL--your contributions go a long way to spreading the word about name choice equality.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Show your support for Name Choice Equality and get people talking by purchasing a LSL item in our shop.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Make your own thoughtful choice for your own name, and exercise your own right to Name Choice Freedom. </b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;If marrying, discuss with your fiance how the marriage will affect your names, if at all. If one or both names is to be changed, see the Decision Process page.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Become a Lucy Stoner and help the Lucy Stone League advocate for Name Choice Freedom by purhcasing a membership and/or making a finacial contribution.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Encourage others to exercise their rights to Name Choice Freedom.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Bring forms that maintain sexist naming practices to the attention of the management. &nbsp;These include forms that list &quot;Miss&quot; and &quot;Mrs.&quot; as options but not &quot;Master&quot; and &quot;Mr.&quot;</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Encourage your local newspaper to permit newlyweds to state their name choice plans and not to assume only &quot;Mr. and Mrs. Husband Name&quot; in wedding announcements.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Write letters to editors of magazines, newspapers re: name choice freedom.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Invite others to join Lucy Stone League.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Encourage institutions to stop using &quot;Mother&apos;s maiden name&quot; as a method of identifying the person. If there is any utility to asking about parents&apos; names encourage them to ask Father&apos;s Name and Mother&apos;s Name, or Fathers middle name and Mother&apos;s middle name. The point here is to ask for both or netiher, and not to assume that mothers change their names</b></font></p><p align="left"></p>
<p align="center"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#00cafd" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>The following list provides some suggestions about what you can do to support name choice freedom:</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Join the Lucy Stone League.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Donate to LSL--your contributions go a long way to spreading the word about name choice equality.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Show your support for Name Choice Equality and get people talking by purchasing a LSL item in our shop.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Make your own thoughtful choice for your own name, and exercise your own right to Name Choice Freedom. </b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;If marrying, discuss with your fiance how the marriage will affect your names, if at all. If one or both names is to be changed, see the Decision Process page.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Become a Lucy Stoner and help the Lucy Stone League advocate for Name Choice Freedom by purhcasing a membership and/or making a finacial contribution.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Encourage others to exercise their rights to Name Choice Freedom.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Bring forms that maintain sexist naming practices to the attention of the management. &nbsp;These include forms that list &quot;Miss&quot; and &quot;Mrs.&quot; as options but not &quot;Master&quot; and &quot;Mr.&quot;</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Encourage your local newspaper to permit newlyweds to state their name choice plans and not to assume only &quot;Mr. and Mrs. Husband Name&quot; in wedding announcements.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Write letters to editors of magazines, newspapers re: name choice freedom.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Invite others to join Lucy Stone League.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Encourage institutions to stop using &quot;Mother&apos;s maiden name&quot; as a method of identifying the person. If there is any utility to asking about parents&apos; names encourage them to ask Father&apos;s Name and Mother&apos;s Name, or Fathers middle name and Mother&apos;s middle name. The point here is to ask for both or netiher, and not to assume that mothers change their names</b></font></p><p align="left"></p>
<p align="center"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#00cafd" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>The following list provides some suggestions about what you can do to support name choice freedom:</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Join the Lucy Stone League.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Donate to LSL--your contributions go a long way to spreading the word about name choice equality.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Show your support for Name Choice Equality and get people talking by purchasing a LSL item in our shop.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Make your own thoughtful choice for your own name, and exercise your own right to Name Choice Freedom. </b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;If marrying, discuss with your fiance how the marriage will affect your names, if at all. If one or both names is to be changed, see the Decision Process page.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Become a Lucy Stoner and help the Lucy Stone League advocate for Name Choice Freedom by purhcasing a membership and/or making a finacial contribution.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Encourage others to exercise their rights to Name Choice Freedom.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Bring forms that maintain sexist naming practices to the attention of the management. &nbsp;These include forms that list &quot;Miss&quot; and &quot;Mrs.&quot; as options but not &quot;Master&quot; and &quot;Mr.&quot;</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Encourage your local newspaper to permit newlyweds to state their name choice plans and not to assume only &quot;Mr. and Mrs. Husband Name&quot; in wedding announcements.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Write letters to editors of magazines, newspapers re: name choice freedom.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Invite others to join Lucy Stone League.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Encourage institutions to stop using &quot;Mother&apos;s maiden name&quot; as a method of identifying the person. If there is any utility to asking about parents&apos; names encourage them to ask Father&apos;s Name and Mother&apos;s Name, or Fathers middle name and Mother&apos;s middle name. The point here is to ask for both or netiher, and not to assume that mothers change their names</b></font></p><p align="left"></p>
<p align="center"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#00cafd" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>The following list provides some suggestions about what you can do to support name choice freedom:</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Join the Lucy Stone League.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Donate to LSL--your contributions go a long way to spreading the word about name choice equality.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Show your support for Name Choice Equality and get people talking by purchasing a LSL item in our shop.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Make your own thoughtful choice for your own name, and exercise your own right to Name Choice Freedom. </b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;If marrying, discuss with your fiance how the marriage will affect your names, if at all. If one or both names is to be changed, see the Decision Process page.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Become a Lucy Stoner and help the Lucy Stone League advocate for Name Choice Freedom by purhcasing a membership and/or making a finacial contribution.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Encourage others to exercise their rights to Name Choice Freedom.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Bring forms that maintain sexist naming practices to the attention of the management. &nbsp;These include forms that list &quot;Miss&quot; and &quot;Mrs.&quot; as options but not &quot;Master&quot; and &quot;Mr.&quot;</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Encourage your local newspaper to permit newlyweds to state their name choice plans and not to assume only &quot;Mr. and Mrs. Husband Name&quot; in wedding announcements.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Write letters to editors of magazines, newspapers re: name choice freedom.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Invite others to join Lucy Stone League.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Encourage institutions to stop using &quot;Mother&apos;s maiden name&quot; as a method of identifying the person. If there is any utility to asking about parents&apos; names encourage them to ask Father&apos;s Name and Mother&apos;s Name, or Fathers middle name and Mother&apos;s middle name. The point here is to ask for both or netiher, and not to assume that mothers change their names</b></font></p><p align="left"></p>
<p align="center"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#00cafd" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>The following list provides some suggestions about what you can do to support name choice freedom:</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Join the Lucy Stone League.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Donate to LSL--your contributions go a long way to spreading the word about name choice equality.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Show your support for Name Choice Equality and get people talking by purchasing a LSL item in our shop.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Make your own thoughtful choice for your own name, and exercise your own right to Name Choice Freedom. </b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;If marrying, discuss with your fiance how the marriage will affect your names, if at all. If one or both names is to be changed, see the Decision Process page.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Become a Lucy Stoner and help the Lucy Stone League advocate for Name Choice Freedom by purhcasing a membership and/or making a finacial contribution.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Encourage others to exercise their rights to Name Choice Freedom.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Bring forms that maintain sexist naming practices to the attention of the management. &nbsp;These include forms that list &quot;Miss&quot; and &quot;Mrs.&quot; as options but not &quot;Master&quot; and &quot;Mr.&quot;</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Encourage your local newspaper to permit newlyweds to state their name choice plans and not to assume only &quot;Mr. and Mrs. Husband Name&quot; in wedding announcements.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Write letters to editors of magazines, newspapers re: name choice freedom.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Invite others to join Lucy Stone League.</b></font></p><p align="left"><font face="Arial_16pt_st" size="16" color="#666666" letterSpacing="0.000000" kerning="1"><b>- &nbsp;Encourage institutions to stop using &quot;Mother&apos;s maiden name&quot; as a method of identifying the person. If there is any utility to asking about parents&apos; names encourage them to ask Father&apos;s Name and Mother&apos;s Name, or Fathers middle name and Mother&apos;s middle name. The point here is to ask for both or netiher, and not to assume that mothers change their names</b></font></p><p align="left"></p>
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