One klaxon-loud reason women wanted more hard economic power in the 20th century was because it was freaking hard to feed themselves under patriarchal restrictions on the type of work they could do when the patriarchs and patriarchs-to-be were all lying in pieces across various battlefields.
Patriarchy is fine when you actually have patriarchs. When you don’t, it becomes harder to justify or enforce the strictures. The astonishing loss of high-earning, high-status men in the Anglosphere during the World Wars had a lot of knock-on effects regarding female behavior that go utterly ignored by historically ignorant conservatives. One of them is the whole “single middle class+ women haring about on mission trips” thing. They went on missions because they couldn’t marry. Their pool of men lay dead or hopelessly crippled beyond ability to produce, much less provide for a family.
One really can’t understand the grumpy feminist push for female independence without understanding the very real destruction of, well, patriarchal human capital represented by the shocking losses of the World Wars.