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Spain to Eliminate Surname Gender Bias?

Spain to Eliminate Surname Gender Bias?


A bill currently before the Spanish parliament would call for the two surnames of children born in the country to be listed alphabetically, instead of a father's name first and a mother's second.

According to the Associated Press, traditionally in Spain a child's surname, composed of both parent's last names, lists the father's name first whenever there is a disagreement. The bill, fought by social conservatives in the country, would eliminate gender bias in naming.

"I think this is good and also much more egalitarian," said Jose Antonio Alonso, a Socialist Party spokesman said.

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero (pictured) in interviews has spoken of himself as a feminist and has more female cabinet members than male.

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