It is well documented that women in now developed countries entered the labour market all thoughout the 20th century. As such, female labour participation have consistently increased. For example, this is a table from Godin (1977):
Here is a graph from a more recent report:
However, I have the impression that the feudal, or pre-capitalist societies, which were mainly agrarian and textile based, relied heavily on female labour. We can probably all picture housewives working in the field or sawing textiles.
So, the question is, when and why women left the labour market? Is this because of a transition from feudalism toward a capitalistic mode of production? Or the shift from agriculture to industry?