H/t to The Retro Homemaker for the link.
Here is an interesting article from Forbes about a childless housewife. The lady by the name of Karah is 37 years old and started working right after college and was at first very enthusiastic about her job in hotel administration, however, she quickly found out that hotel management is incredibly demanding.
She met her future husband, Joel, who is several years her senior, at work and right away moved in with him, however, in her case, it worked out just fine, though it took her more than 10 years to get him to the altar, so to speak. They had to relocate several times, as Joel was advancing in his career, and finally, after they got married, Karah realised that her husband was making so much money that she didn't have to work any more:
We knew that financially, it would be feasible for me not to work; Joel
would be making enough in Curaçao to support both of us. The transfer
meant a better title and a raise to a low six-figure salary.
Of course, the truth is that your husband doesn't need to earn that much for you to stay home, you just need to be a good manager of family finances and stay out of debt.
Karah was also afraid that if she had a demanding job herself, there would be less time for her to spend with her husband, which is definitely a problem for too many two-income families and contributes to the divorce epidemic:
I knew his hours were going to be long—he was on the management team
that was building a new hotel on the island. I knew that if I also
worked at a hotel, then we’d never have time to spend with each other...
She quickly found out what women in the past knew right from the beginning: as a woman, you don't need to compete in the world of men and bring home the bacon to be happy:
I felt so grateful for the opportunities that not having a day job
afforded me. I was always trying to discover the untouched spots, where
none of the tourists went. Most days, I’d walk to a new beach and I’d
collect sea glass, coral and driftwood. I even started making crafts
with my beach finds.
She actually runs a blog about home renovations where she sells stuff but it's still not comparable to working full time outside home, of course. Despite this, she got viciously attacked in the comments for being (you guessed it) a parasite, sponging of her husband, blah, blah. One enlightened and tolerant lady commenter even hoped that Joel was banging his secretary (she used the word assistant which I assume is the newspeak for 'secretary' these days:)
Karah also manages family finances, has more time for cooking and does lots of other things:
All the annoying job-transfer details—like shutting off utilities,
scheduling movers, requesting doctor records—are easy for me to handle,
which makes it a smoother transition for both of us.
I suspect that there are more women like Karah out there but they don't advertise their "alternative" lifestyle (which used to be quite normal 60 years ago) for fear of the feminist backlash. Karah very wisely points out that they are a team who work together to achieve their goals. I wish more people realised how true it is.