to rear their children and keep house for their families and men were expected to support their families to the best of their ability. There wasn't a lot of unemployment then because half the population or more was employed at rearing the next generation rather than trying to break the glass ceiling. There was much less crime. Now, though, Uncle Sam gets to tax, not only the "breadwinner's" income, he gets to tax the incomes of all those people who are paid to do the work wives/mothers used to do because it was their responsibility. So don't look for Uncle Sam to make things any easier.