Vailione vs. Vailionyte-Narkeviciene

  • 1999-10-07
  • By Rokas M. Tracevskis
Long after 'Ms' cleared up the 'Miss/Mrs.' controversy, a Lithuanian woman is fighting for her own right to privacy. Rokas M. Tracevskis explains the intricate rules behind Lithuanian names.The Lithuanian language is the only language in the world in which women's surnames indicate their marital status. One woman, however, is ready to fight this ancient custom in the courts.In Lithuanian, married women have surnames ending in iene, while single women's names end in aite, ute, iute, or yte.Danute Vailionyte-Narkeviciene has protested this custom in the European Court of Human Rights in Stras...
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