How to Help Your Daughters ACHIEVE SUCCESS – Finding the right Baby Name For Girls

When it comes to naming your daughters, choosing a more masculine-sounding name can help her advance her career. At the very least if she’s going to be a lawyer.
Baby Names for Girls
According to a recent University of South Carolina study that studied females in the legal field, women with masculine sounding names were more successful. This study centered on women attorneys because it is really a more male-dominated field and compared salaries and potential for career advancement to learning to be a judge.
This study shows that if Sue (a traditionally female name) changes her name to Kelly (a far more gender-neutral name) she improves her chances of becoming a judge by 5%. However, if Sue takes a big leap and changes her name to Cameron (a more predominately male name) she’s now tripled her likelihood of hearing the words, “Your Honor.”
Misty Harris of the Vancouver Sun noted in a recent article that even though researchers accounted for family wealth, age and experience, they still found a “statistically significant wage gap existed in favor of female attorneys with masculine names.”
Bentley Coffey, an economist at Clemson University in SC said this in explaining the results, “When we see a masculine name, something inside our subconscious is cued. There seems to be a subtle sexist notion, even if it’s not gender discrimination per se.” That’s interesting, but what about people like Hillary Clinton? Hillary is a rather feminine-sounding name and she’s an attorney that seems to have advanced her career quite nicely. Well, of course, we know in research these exact things happen; they’re called outliers. Malcolm Gladwell even wrote a book about it.
Coffey himself is convinced of the outcomes of this study and for that reason Ms. Harris reports that he and his wife named their daughter Collins. Beyond the legal field, the article points out that author J.K. Rowling opted for her initials on her books instead of her female-sounding name (Joanne) to help increase readership among boys. Female scientists have already been known to do a similar thing – they sometimes use their initials on papers in order to avoid an overtly feminine-sounding name.


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