Its ranty and negative.
I agree being a mother is about your relationship with your kids (like how being a 'daughter' describes a relationship rather than your 'job), however, motherhood is also my 'job' at the moment. The work I do all day is directly related to my role as a 'mother', just as the work people in paid employment do all day is related to their role as a 'police officer', or a 'doctor'.
I don't get paid for my work, as I am a SAHM, but its still my 'job' at the moment.
I don't necessarily think its the 'most important job' or the 'hardest job', but it is often very hard because as mums, we receive no recognition, often little support, no financial reward, no holidays etc. And is emotionally taxing because it involves caring for, and making decisions about the poeple you love most in the whole world.We have a vested interest in the outcome of our labour. Its hard!
As for importance- every job is important, they all contribute to society- the arts, people cleaning the eateries and supermarkets, people maintaining the roads, building our cars, running the country, teaching our children, saving lives. I don't think you can say which is most important, but raising children is defintely up there! And realistically, in most parts of the world, it is the mothers, much more than the fathers, who are the central figure doing this. This doesnt mean the fathers role is not important, but usually, on a global scale, it is the mother doing the bulk of the parenting.
The bit bolded in the quote above clearly belittles SAHMs and is offensive.
And the quote "And if being a mother is that important, why aren’t all the highly paid men with stellar careers not devoting their lives to raising children?". Maybe I'm reading it wrong, but I would say its because its a tough job, and not recognised as important??
She says she the slogan 'deifies' mothers, well I think her article completely belittles the huge amount of time and energy we mothers put into raising our kids.