In years past, the roles of men and women in society and in a marriage were much more traditional and defined. In many marriages, men earned the money and handled the finances while women tended to children and the home. While women likely made home-related purchases, men by-and-large held the bulk of financial knowledge and power. Today, thankfully, things are much more equal.
A large percentage of married women work outside the home and many earn incomes equal to or in excess of a spouse. However, in many cases roles related to finances haven't changed. While women who are earning their own money likely enjoy more financial independence, many still opt to handle matters related to the home and children rather than take on responsibilities like paying bills, investing money and managing and tracking retirement assets. As a result, many women remain in the dark about total assets, debts and investments.