thanks, lits, for the update.
Also, I am thinking more JW wives are less "JW submissive" to their husbands now-a-days. I mean this in a good way, for their good. They may not be blatantly that way but bottom line, quietly, but strongly. They have more expectations of their husbands and the father of their children.
So many of the '50s and '60s, early '70s, there was such an explosion of new (converted) JW. Idealism high, the 'soon' was dramatic. The wives accepted to be more submissive (to a detriment in reality, proven as time went on), the husbands were sole financial supporters, even culturally expected that way. So many JW wives, let their husbands be ultra involved under the demands of the WTS. The wives mostly took care of the little kids, while the husbands took care of meetings and worked totally at assemblies.
Second or third generation JW women saw this growing up and some learned. They saw how their mother or grandmother paid a price. Many now, a higher percentage, even have jobs full or parttime. These women require their husbands to be more involved in the home and with the family. Otherwise, more of these women realize the unwholesomeness of a neglected homelife and value of 'healthy' marriage which requires time and a more quality time for their children. Often, second or third generations often do not have quite the idealism nor zeal of 'soon' or that all this life is so temporary. They have seen more of the 'inside' reality.
There are not so many new converts in comparison. The "new" is decreasing along with any much 'new zeal,', the baptisms of are mostly of their own raised in, kids seeing many parents tiring, sick, and grandparents very old, not much retirement benefits and dying. Not very inspiring.
The leadership, GB, COs, DOs, have not much understanding nor respect, as their lives do not relate personally to working in the real world. They busy themselves, but they also have many who service them with their needs and concerns. They do not fully comprehend the reality of 24/7 family needs and demands, taking care of homes fully and most definitely, not raising children and the 24/7 needs for them.