I gave him statistics about percentages of females that work in Russia, USA, UK, and Australia (about the same, 62-67%), and told him that my Slavic girlfriends living in Australia were mostly employed or running their own businesses, although it would be unlikely that a woman could start working immediately on her arrival to a new country.
Newsflash — there are scores of Slavic males that live on their wife’s or girlfriend’s earnings.
Slavic women have a habit of devoting themselves to their families, and many have had an experience where they had to be the sole provider (myself included).
No different to western women, who also do the same for their families and partners. But if a Slavic woman is taking the risk of seeking a partner overseas, this is the last thing she wants to happen.
She needs assurance that she will not be forced to work in a foreign country where she doesn’t know anything, and maybe cannot get a good job because she doesn’t speak the language — she wants to know that her future partner will be able to provide for their family.
For the first seven years, this worked really well.