Long interpretation, while the proverb was likely cognated by a drunken shaman after a night of promiscuous sex and mind-altering drugs.
Why does it make sense. We have extremely little evidence from pre-agricultural worlds, there's no reason to believe that men were spending all their time "huting and going to war with each other" as much as I could assume that women were "wasting their time being too attentive to their offspring" while men were trialing with seeds iin order to develop agriculture, or vice versa.While men were off on hunting expeditions (or wars), women raised crops at home along with their children. Makes sense, and if correct shows that women were the first literal "breadwinners".
We're all humans, it's likely that most inventions result from an interplay of female and male minds, mostly because well, humanity is roughly 50-50 male-female and intelligence is distributed in a roughly 50-50 fashion among the genders. It's just a matter of probability.
Lol, I gather you have little experience with hyperprotetive fathers wrt. their daughters. What you say may be true when it comes to single-motherhood, but in well-functioning couples, both parents are really protective.but the "natural" protector is a mother with her young.