Should You Be Forced To Take Your Spouse's Last Name?
A 2017 study of over 1,200 people found More than 70% of Americans believe a woman should change her surname to her husband's after getting married, and approximately half of all Americans believe it should be a government requirement.
The study used a fictional scenario by using the same woman, married to Bill Cook, but with three different last names: Carol Sherman, Carol Sherman-Cook, or Carol Cook.
"Carol has been spending a lot of extra hours at her office job hoping for a promotion," the study stated. "Bill is starting to feel burdened by her absence, as he is picking up her slack in housework."
People taking the survey were then asked to rate how committed Carol was to being a wife.
The survey then asked how many late work days from Carol that Bill should be okay with, and rating how justified Bill would be in divorcing her.
women's surname choice seems to have little effect on their perceptions of women as a wife or the standards to which she is held in marriage.