A friend linked to this post, and I think it is right-on in so many ways (though the tone will alienate some, as always):
I’ve recently found it so odd that the very thing that Adam was cursed with, that is, needing to work, is what we now use to determine who’s more valued in a society! It isn’t that women are less valued and so have to be home, it’s that our society has decided that work is more valuable, because it equals money, which equals things of this world. Since men get that, we came to respect men. I don’t think it started as a gender issue, but as a coveting issue. Staying home with children doesn’t result in greater material goods or status, so we devalue that. Since women do that, women get devalued. So backwards!