A question: Will the rise of social media mean fewer women change their names on marriage?
Finding people on Facebook relies largely on knowing their name, or recognising it in someone else's friend list. And usernames for Twitter are often based on a person's name. In some social media cases you can't even change the username at all after you've set up your account. Your username, and thus your real life name if they're related, becomes a marker of your presence and a trace of your wise (or not) thoughts.
Not changing your name when you marry* has been stereotyped as the preserve of the professional middle class woman, who is possibly motivated by feminism, but more likely seeking to continue her "brand" in her chosen career. I suspect there are in fact quite a few cultures where keeping your name is more common than changing it, but in Aotearoa New Zealand I still get called Mrs more often than Ms.
Your thoughts, dear readers?
* Does anyone know if there's any data yet on name changes with civil unions?