Make no mistake - our society has culturally conflated womens liberation with the idea of two income households. As such we have a labor market thats flooded which pushes down wage rates and leaves us with hand to mouth lifestyles and job-hopping instead of people employed in a single job for their entire career with adequate health insurance and comfortable retirement. So let's not think of it as "women stay home", let's think of it as reducing the number of wage earners to one per household. If more people did this (i.e. on a societal level) we would realize that our cost of living will go down dramatically, unemployment would vanish, and we'd all live happier lives (home-cooked meals, strategized family budgets, a clean and maintained home, children raised by the family rather than by the state, etc). A lot of families cannot afford to just have the husband work.. inflation has caused a need for 2 income families. Economies depend on production and savings and if a woman is producing she is growing our economy. As for the proper role of women in society, that is for free people making their own decisions on an individual basis to decide for themselves. Example, if there is 200 storey building, you will reach the top of the building by elevator/lift or staircase. If you use elevator you reach the top of the building in 2 minutes and then you have to come down. If you use staircase, you reach the top of the building in 2 hours and then you come down.