Nicola Sturgeon has attacked the New Statesman for drawing attention on its front cover to the fact she has no children.
The latest issue of the Labour supporting magazine carries the headline "the motherhood trap, why are so many successful women childless?" on its front page.
It is illustrated with a picture of the SNP leader, home secretary Theresa May, Labour leadership candidate Liz Kendall and German chancellor Angela Merkel.
Jeezo...we appear to have woken up in 1965 this morning! pic.twitter.com/K5rHZMfT60— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) July 16, 2015
Other prominent politicians including Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats Kirsty Williams and SNP minister Humza Yousaf were also critical.
Oh, do sod right off. pic.twitter.com/wienoWCQnf— Ruth Davidson MSP (@RuthDavidsonMSP) July 16, 2015
Outrageous! When I see things like this, I wonder how much progress on equality we've actually made. pic.twitter.com/xWMcqy7IaP— Kirsty Williams (@Kirsty_Williams) July 16, 2015ADVERTISEMENT
Outrageous front page. For a once respected publication can't possibly understand why they thought this acceptable! https://t.co/IhBvLFa5w2— Humza Yousaf (@HumzaYousaf) July 16, 2015
However the article's author, New Statesman deputy editor Helen Lewis, argued people should read the piece before they jumped to conclusions about its contents.
@helenlewis of course. Article not available yet - my tweet is about the cringeworthy cover, not your writing— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) July 16, 2015
So here's my piece on motherhood & childlessness, and why both cause problems for women in politics http://t.co/1WszQurVWK— Helen Lewis (@helenlewis) July 16, 2015
The front cover was also defended by other New Statesman journalists who explained it was pointing out the problem of gender inequality - not supporting it.
Would Twitter get this angry if we did "Why are so many people who get stop and searched black?" without reading the article?— Stephen Bush (@stephenkb) July 16, 2015
The cover was also defended by Fraser Nelson, the editor of the Spectator.
Earlier this month a row hit the Labour leadership race after a supporter of Yvette Cooper was accused of unfairly bringing the fact Kendall has no children into the contest.
Responding to the argument Kendall said she wanted "to have a politics where women are treated the same as men and they are not asked those kind of questions.
"Let me just say this, I may not have children myself, but I am part of the best family in the world, my mum, my dad, my brothers and my nieces. I am very proud of that," she said.
"I am really looking forward to you asking the family question to Jeremy Corbyn and Andy Burnham. I cannot wait for the day when journalists ask the same questions to men as well as women. And they don’t ask questions they would never ask of a man."