Musk, 51, father of nine, does not hesitate:
“Being a mother is as important as any career,” the billionaire wrote.
A sign of the sensitivity and importance of this topic, the tweet had already gained more than 404,000 likes at the time of writing. This is a question that often plagues mothers on both sides, whether they choose to stay at home or work.
There were many passionate reactions, starting with Maye Musk, the mother of the billionaire who raised two other children in addition to Elon.
“Yes! Being the mother of @elonmusk @kimbal @ToscaMusk is the most important thing,” says Maye Musk, model and author. “Career grew as everyone became more independent .”
Elon responded to his mother’s comment with a two heart emoji.
While a large number of Twitter users applaud Musk, others pointed out that his message is getting less for women, while other commenters have pointed out that it would be wiser for him to talk about fatherhood.
“Why does a man say that to a woman? 🤦♀️ Why not say to yourself: Dad is as important as any career? Oh wait no… a man can’t say that!” criticized one Twitter user. .
“Thank you for saying this! 100% true. What job could be more important than herding young souls? Mothers are the most important influence on who children will BE as adults. This is orders of magnitude more important than any career. It is the honor and the privilege of a lifetime to be a mother,” agreed one user.
Many women saw this as an opportunity to share their experience as a stay-at-home mom.
“The hardest thing about being a single mom is that there’s no one to step in and take over when you’re overwhelmed,” said one Twitter user.
“I was also a single mom. I look back on those days and have no idea how I did everything… go to school and then race to work. The reverse after work and then to the baseball field. Dinner from a jar with homework and bed. Then make lunches and crockpot for the next day,” another posted.
“Wow! Elon Musk recognizes that being a mom is a full-time job . Now tell dads they can’t keep taking days off indefinitely,” added another.
Whether stay-at-home mom is considered a profession is a gender equality issue. The debate has often changed to pit stay-at-home mothers against mothers who have chosen to work.
Both are stereotypical: stay-at-home moms are often not fully recognized for the value they provide — invisible tasks, unfailing patience, professional sacrifice. Proponents say that raising children is often akin to running a small business. They also state that a profession is not only about paid activities. It is also about skills, talents, responsibilities, hours of practice.
Working mothers are sometimes unfairly judged as bad mothers who delegate the education of their child(ren) to other people. Working fathers, however, rarely receive the same criticism.