It suggests that someone who takes care of their offspring is a woman who stays at home all day.
Compared to what? A go-outside-dad?
Making a home was not a highly respected profession back in its day. I'd like to repurpose the word with the reverence it deserves. Making a HOME is crucial to the development of our world's future residents.
The extent to which they feel loved and heard, and thus the extend to which they will love and hear humanity, depends on a HOME.
a HOME shapes a childhood.
a HOME shapes early memories.
a HOME creates a sense of initial security.
a HOME is a shelter.
A HOME is the architecture of the heart.
A person who is a homemaker—the word is actually gender-free, hooray!—makes sacrifices.
Forgoing paid salary for their 24 hours of daily on-call work, a homemaker is in perpetual service to the future of our world. It is an act of unspeakable love. It deserves its own Nobel Prize category, not the scrutiny of of our culture who asks: "do you work?" (By which they mean, do you get financial validation for your work.)
Surely homemaker is not the only word that describes who I am—just as I would not adopt an identity based on any work or project I did. However, it is definitely one thing that makes up what I do on this Earth.
Yes, I do work.
P.S. I also do some music sometimes. (Wink, wink.)