I'm curious about this statement. I like FDR's policies. I like the safety net, which has become so much more important as labor unions are eviscerated and as incomes don't keep up with productivity. But is this why he did it?
I do agree all of us - men or women - feel lousy if we can't provide for our families. It's a piece of our self-esteem. But hopefully people have other things to fall back on in tough times. Being kind to strangers, for example. Having artistic talent, for another.
Anyway, probably should be taken to a different thread. Just found your comment interesting.