Every woman needs to have her own financial independence - be it a high paying job, average paying job, or low paying job. It does not matter - but every woman needs to have her own financial independence. Some decisions during certain phases of life (due to infants) where one parent takes a break is good perhaps. But otherwise - in normal circumstances (exceptions aside) - I think every woman needs to be able to stand on her own financially - in accordance with your interests, skill levels etc. you can find things to do. Share household and managing accordingly with your spouses. In this day and age, not earning your living and just 'depending on someone' seems anachronistic. What if something happens to that someone? Ok, insurance and all that but still... Discuss.