There is the social scenario that has also necessitated it.
For the middle class families, choosing a career for women has also become necessary.
If they are duly qualified, they do want to be using their talents to seek an employment and be a support earner to their husbands.
But then, that does not take away the pleasure and the privilege of women to take up work of their choice.
Parents are giving equal attention to the education of girls.
Whatever said or done, the Indian society still remains a man-dominated society and the wife may respectably be called the ‘better-half, but in practical terms, she does remain the ‘worse-half.
It would really be a very good fortune if the husband and wife of such a micro-family can have a caring mother or a mother-in-law to be staying ‘amicably’ with them, adjusting somehow, in the limited accommodation, but ‘amicable’ is the much needed adjective to that living.
The gender factor is there and menfolk are men folk anyway.
In such a situation even the husband can hardly be of any help.
Rearing children, cooking meals for the large joint family, or at best in their spare time doing some tailoring or knitting, but all within the four walls of the house — this was considered to be their only way of life.
Even the well-to-do families had large houses and right from the grandfather and the grandmother down to the grandchildren — all lived under one roof and were fed at the common kitchen. Those were the times till the first quarter of the twentieth century.