The man was viewed as "sole provider" for the family. The husband's responsibility was to make money to support his children and wife. A man's obligation was to work hard and return back to his house at night to a home-cooked meal with his wife and children.
Even if Tarnished is set in the past, this is still a very good post to show how Fanny as well as the rest of upper London society needs to stop being so judgemental towards the way Cherry dresses. Also how they look down on her for the jobs she chooses to do etc. << Pick up your gender roles, 1950s.