Many of the assumptions that we make about motherhood and fatherhood today are in fact historical artifacts, rooted in earlier sets of cultural beliefs. (University of Houston)
When thinking from an historical perspective, it is impossible to give one definition of "the" role of "women in relation to men." as anthropological historians assert, the roles of women in relation to men are not static between cultures nor are they static within a culture. For instance the myth that a woman's place is the suburb and in the kitchen is a cultural norm that began after World War II when the return of soldiers needing work and homes help to develop an ideology around the concept of the fairly newly devised American Dream.