First a person has to meet the basic necessities of life - what in the military is called the hierarchy of needs. Beyond that point a person has discretion.
My wife's goal was to have lots of children and ultimately "a homemaker," but to begin as school teacher. An injury obliterated that plan so she directly went to homemaker/housewife. Wanting to earn some pocket money of her own - though not necessary - she started selling a little product line on ebay. Made maybe $10 or $20 a day. But at the Jon Stewart rally, she met the trophy wife of a extremely wealthy man of a very wealthy family - and she felt the same way about wanting some money of her own. Otherwise they both shared much in common and both had been on the now defunct Stewart forum, so wanted to meet. She became a partner of my wife. Apparently her husband thought this was cute, so threw his empire and money-might into it. Beyond witnessing the power of raw, massive amounts of money and influence in relation to business, competitors and government, it became extreme profitable very fast. Money just raining down.
But it was consuming my wife's life and keeping her from what she'd rather do with and in her life. 12, 14 hours a day, endless government intrusions and endless business chores. So after having major remodeling done to part of the house, her putting 1/3rd of the initial house costs into the collective family fund, and socking the other 50% away mostly offshore in the Bahamas, she just shut it all down. The trophy wife certainly didn't want the chores of it either. So like an AA fuelie dragster, her income went from $0 to 7 figure and back to $0 for her priorities. All about a year and a half.
Money is a necessity and for family people there are BIG and REAL feeling of insecurity and shortcomings if you are financially insecure - because a lot is depending upon you as a provider. Desperate hand-to-mouth money stress is hard on parents and relationships. Women possibly more sense the necessity of being a provider than men, since divorce and other factors mean she can not totally rely on a man - and society tends to ridicule women who do now too.
Personally, I think "homemaker" if children involved is the hardest job on earth if done right. Most, not all, are women. It also is the most important job. "The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world."