REASONS WHY I'LL KEEP MY MAIDEN NAME
List inspiration: a very interesting convo with my female and male residents tonight. I think women should do whatever they want to do with their name! 📇 But here are my reasons...
- •I've accomplished a lot under this nameDegrees, journal publications, research studies, lists on List App, whatever! My name deserves to keep going with me to the next milestone. Unless I hyphenate or make my last name my new middle name, the link to these accomplishments is tenuous or absent all together. A friend was even concerned that a name change would affect her professionally, since the new name would not be obviously associated with her research work.
- •I'm too lazy to go through all the paperworkMy physician friends who married after they got their medical degrees have told me it's a pain in the ass. And as much as you want to stay Dr. X professionally and be Mrs. Y socially, it doesn't really work that way legally. 😕
- •In Vietnamese culture, women keep their maiden nameI grew up with my mom having a different last name than me and my dad and I never once thought it made us less of a family. In fact, I thought it was great she kept her name!