Genesis 31:16, Why would the women say this?

Question: Genesis 31:16, "All the wealth God has given you from our father legally belongs to us and our children. So go ahead and do whatever God has told you." Why would the women say this? I find it strange that they would say it belongs to them anyway. Answer: The key to understanding this is verse 15 where they say, "he has sold us, and also completely consumed our money." The 7 years Jacob worked for each of them provided the dowry for them, which the father was to keep for his daughter as an inheritance or in case her husband died or divorced her. Instead, Laban consumed their money and treated his daughters as strangers. -PJ