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

When it involves naming your daughters, choosing a more masculine-sounding name might help her advance her career. At least if she’s going to be a lawyer.
According to a recent University of SC study that studied females in the legal field, women with masculine sounding names were more successful. This study focused on women attorneys because it is really a more male-dominated field and compared salaries and potential for career advancement to becoming a judge.
Baby Names for Girls
This study suggests that if Sue (a traditionally female name) changes her name to Kelly (a more gender-neutral name) she improves her likelihood of becoming a judge by 5%. However, if Sue requires 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 recently available article that even when researchers accounted for family wealth, age and experience, they still found a “statistically significant wage gap existed and only 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 appears to be a subtle sexist notion, even if it’s not gender discrimination by itself.” That’s interesting, but what about people like Hillary Clinton? Hillary is really a rather feminine-sounding name and she’s a lawyer that seems to have advanced her career quite nicely. Well, of course, we know in research these things happen; they’re called outliers. Malcolm Gladwell even wrote a book about any of it.

Coffey himself is convinced of the outcome of this study and for that reason Ms. Harris reports that he and his wife named their daughter Collins. Beyond the legal field, this article highlights that author J.K. Rowling chosen her initials on her behalf 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.