This is a great subject, but I think you need to stand back a little further on the time table to compare era's and events that shaped what we have today. My grandparents and parents went through the great depression. My grandparents were always considered poor, Grampy(I'm one now
) worked on the railroad so was lucky, they had an income but very low. Granny was very thrifty, and canned regularly, including meat Grampy hunted. My parents were married in 1941 and Mom worked for a insurance company. They kept their marriage secret becasue it was expected a married woman should give up her job once married as a married couple now had a man working, and the woman was expected to be a housewife. Thats the way it was in our parents generation, Moms did not work, they raised the kids.
My wife in high school wanted to become a vetanarian in the mid 60's, was told by counselors NO, women should be prepared for marriage, and they insisted her high school major would be better in home economics. The mindset that woman not have carreers was still in full force, and they were expected to just be "housewives". AFter high school she did go to medical assistant school, and worked in the medical profession for several years. The economy and the mindset was still more to the side of Mom's were stay homes and raised the kids. She became a stay at home mom, but also worked part time jobs. She was there for the kids growing up.
A few things happened that changed everything forever. First was the drug culture and vietnam era protesters, and the hippy movement, that challenged the traditional "establishment". Womans rights movements also began, and the ol famous "burn the bra", woman were tired of those old stereotypes of cooking an cleaning, keep the man happy. With that scene all set the third ingrediant was inflation that began in the 70's and went off the map with Jimmy Carter. That has been a fact of life ever since and continues every year. Housing skyrocketed, for the next 30 years. Now duel incomes was nessesary in order to make ends meet. In order to have a home, you had to have 2 incomes, but employers still regarded women as "they could have jobs but their wages should be lower becasue the Man in the main breadwinner", and that took a long time to overcome. They still struggle with equal wages for the same positions, which is a subject in itsself.
Yes, the kids have suffered with the decline of traditional families, and Moms having to work. Unfortunatly the drug culture of the 60's progressed right along through other generations and is still one of the main concerns today. The computer age is an extention of becoming a "instant gratification" culture, everyone on the run, in a hurry, an not having time for long dinners, valued family time. Entertainment at your fingertips. Nobody home, to make the kids do homework, and we wonder what else they get away with, between school and parents coming home.
Yes, the job market has increased now to where almost everyone needs to work today, and only so many jobs available. Companies outsoursing to Aisa isn't helping. Almost like back in my mothers time, when it was expected a woman give up her job because "Her Man will take care of her now". Old traditional ways are not always bad, and kids need guidance. when nobody is home, what happens? Even back in our parents generation, this was the mindset, and they were right. Kids need to come home from school to a parent, and its even more important today.