Well today millions of children are being raised without any attention from their biological father. I'm absolutely certain that having a father who eats dinner with you everynight is better than having no clue as to where in the world your father is let alone having any idea about who he is. And futhermore there is no way in hell that a woman who works 40 hours a week spent as much time with her toddlers as the mom who stayed home with the toddlers.In that brief period of time, the fifties, when men "worked" and women "didn't" (actually, women ended up with a 24/7 work schedule and were often exhausted from it), men generally paid little attention to child-rearing, so children were deprived of a father's attention.
First off, I agree many women were stuck in bad marriages back in the day when women didn't work outside the family home and weren't educated. However that does not mean that the institution of marriage isn't favorable for children. That doesn't mean that fathers are unnecessary. Far too many women today view their independence as a sign that fathers are altogether unnecessary. The rates of children being born out of wedlock rise even as teen pregnancy rates fall. Women before were stuck in homes that were less than ideal. Now women are "opting" to purposefully put their children in homes that are less than ideal.In a relationship, the one with the money has the power, so women were left powerless, men felt because they were the wage-earners, they were entitled to a maid/cook/nanny,etc. at home. Women generally had less education, so for financial reasons they were stuck in the relationship. Today, women not only want the socialization that comes from the job, they want to make use of their expensive educations, and for many careers, it is not practical to take off for a few years. The kids are not necessarily the losers because of this, they are generally getting MORE attention from Dads and they are generally getting as much attention from Moms as they did historically.
And there is no way that the increasing number of children who have no idea where their dad is, or the children who haven't talked to their dad in over a year, or the children who were never told who their dad is are spending more "quality" time with their dad's.