What she says in the second panel is a common belief, but it isn’t quite true. The book of Proverbs in the Bible was written about three thousand years ago. Most of the last chapter is about what an “excellent wife” is like. Among other things, it says:
She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. (Prov. 31:16-17)
She makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant. (Prov. 31:24)
So, 3,000 years ago, it was considered good for a wife to help provide for her family.
The book of Acts in the New Testament, which tells of things that happened in the first century, mentions a woman named Lydia, who was a “seller of purple”, that is, she sold purple dye, which was very expensive, to make money.
But we can go much farther back than that. I’ve read books about tribes that still live in the Stone Age, and it’s common (at least in the books I’ve read) that the women gather and/or raise vegetables and fruits to provide food for their families, while the men hunt to provide meat. While the things in these books happened in the 20th century, they describe how people have lived for thousands of years, and how probably most people lived in the Stone Age. Women have always worked to provide for their families. It seems to be a relatively recent idea that women’s only purpose is to take care of the children and do housework.
May 24, 2016