Genesis 2:1 - 23
MSG - 1 Heaven and Earth were finished, down to the last detail. 2 By the seventh day God had finished his work. On the seventh day he rested from all his work. God blessed the seventh day. He made it a Holy Day Because on that day he rested from his work, all the creating God had done. This is the story of how it all started, of Heaven and Earth when they were created.
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I believe that YAHWEH set it up that way from the beginning. We can be helpful in many areas, that's an awesome gift that he has blessed us women with. Look to our husbands.
I don't think the question here seems to be speaking so much about the Biblical treatment of a wife's submission to her husband [which is discussed elsewhere on eBible], so much as it is wondering "do women have a purpose other than/more than being good wives".
I would wonder, because in the beginning God made the perfect and best, that HE told Adam to search through ALL that was created, to seek an helpmate. None could be found by Adam. So God gave Adam,... Eve. From his bone, extremities as Adam, and in Adams' likeness. And I think, had it not been for "Applegate",... Man would still be doing Man things, and Woman would still be doing Woman things as was set in the Perfect Garden of Eden. However, that can only be imagined in this day and time. Just saying...