The claim in the question is inherently controversial among experts. "Powerful" is subject to different interpretations. More fundamentally, the whole notion that any human behavior could be "designed" by biological evolution has been rejected by many prominent anthropologists. Nonetheless, there are certainly peer-reviewed studies that could support this claim.
For example here is an article that concludes:
The cumulative weight of the scientific evidence supports the
hypothesis that human females have evolved species-typical
psychological mate preferences for mates who display cues to
resources and resource acquisition. In the field of evolution
and human behavior, this is surely one of the most powerfully
supported evolutionary hypotheses, having been documented
extensively across cultures, age groups, generations, races,
ethnic groups, mating systems, tribal groups, and modern
For a summary of some classic research along such lines, see Ellis (1992) or Schmitt (2017). Ellis quotes Gregerson from a decade earlier:
For women the world over, male attractiveness is bound up with social status, or skills, strength, bravery, prowess, and similar qualities.