As a woman, and since this conversation is about women, I would always want to work. If I marry a man capable of supporting me without the need to work, I'd still work because I want to make my own money. I don't want to be financially dependent on somebody else's money, nor would I always want to ask for permission before spending somebody else's money. It doesn't feel secure or safe to me, and especially not if there is a divorce and he doesn't want to pay me alimony. Where would that leave me?
I personally think it's more financially wise of a woman to work and save some money for her self. It's more secure. You can't depend on another person to care for you and provide. A marriage could sour, end in divorce, your spouse could suddenly die, etc. Not having financial independence is risky.
I'd rather invest my money and make my own financial decisions, rather than allow my husband to run my life and retirement with his money.