From the time I turned 18, the title I have chosen to represent me is Ms, because I believe a woman's marital status should not be reflected in her title.
The Ms title evolved in the 1960s and was derived by English speaking feminists anxious to be recognised for themselves regardless of marital status, just as men are.
The problem with Ms as a title is it has not been widely enough adopted by married women, so we have retained the Mrs title that instantly marks women for better or worse, as a married woman.
These days, we operate with a three tiered titles system. The Ms title, tends to denote either married or single women as active feminists, but has never really given us an equivalent female title to Mr.
Miss, does seem to be largely associated with girls today, but still, women struggle to gain equality of title with men.
All these years on, dare I say my feminist forbears, many whom I idolise, were misinformed, overly optimistic and perhaps, not widely conversant with title conventions for women from cultures other than those derived from English speaking roots.
In France, The Netherlands and Germany women automatically graduate to the grown up all inclusive title of Mrs, be it Madame, or Frau, once they reach their legal adulthood. Marital status is sublimely irrelevant.
Has that entitled French, Dutch and German women to less discrimination on the basis of marital status? Very likely!
As far as I know, there is no law that restricts any English speaking woman from claiming the title of Mrs. Had we all done so from 18 years upward regardless of marital status in the 1960s, we would have been spared having to justify the title we choose to use to anyone. By now we could be enjoying the same benefits as men, by having only one female title in our adult life!
I'm calling on all single women to drop the Miss when you leave your childhood behind and become a Mrs, the day you legally become an adult or from now on if you are currently using Ms and are older, regardless of whether you have ever married. That way we will finally find some level of gender equity when it comes to titles and relegate the relevance of marital status or otherwise for women in English speaking cultures to history!