An MS and his "wife" sit out back and work (together) on the sound system cabinet, she helps get things prgramed and adjusted for the meeting.
... another sister, a pioneer, helps out opening boxes of magazines and putting them alphabetically on mag. literature shelves for pick up.
... another pioneer sister opens up territories box and signs out territory when assigned MS is missing from meetings.
Well, it doesn't seem to mean that women are going to be assigned as MS, but it does show how they're sorely needed to get things done and and keep KHs running. But I guess the GB decided it was better to write a KM article encouraging to reach out to convert more men.
The saying "behind every great man, there's a great woman" reminds me of what you posted, and also whats happening in the Hall I attend. We've got a little more than a half dozen Ministerial Servants, and a few of them really would be lost if not for their wives. We've got a couple brothers who are on the verge of being appointed as Servants and they've got a few duties now like magazines. What stands out to me is that these men would be clueless without their wives. Their parts on Service Meetings depend totally on the preparation their wives do. I can tell when the brother is speaking that the words coming out of his mouth are not his style, but that of his wife. Then you have the brothers who might not be the must up front of men. They're almost bashful, shy, reserved if you will. However, their wives usually make up for what they lack in balls. Some of the pushiest women you could ever come across. They remind me of overzealous parents at their children's little league baseball game.
When it comes to preaching, its obvious women make up the bulk of those doing the work. I'd like to say its because their husbands are making a living, but reality tells me otherwise. There's several pioneers at my hall, and they're all single. Most support themselves. The single brothers at my hall, have no intention of pioneering, and barely make efforts to "reach out." The other night I was watching Sanford & Son, and the episode dealt with the neighborhood women wishing to use Sanford's home for their Bible Study Meetings. It was all women, and I believe that reflects society, at least in this country. I just don't think men are as inclined as women to perform religious duties.