New female opposition leader quizzed on baby plans hours into job

New leader of the Labour Party Jacinda Ardern speaks at her first press conference at Parliament in Wellington on August 1.

Story highlights

  • Ardern was asked if she'd have to choose a baby over her career
  • New Labour leader will face an election within two months

(CNN)New Zealand's new opposition leader said it was "unacceptable" for a professional woman to be questioned on her plans for children, hours after she faced exactly those queries.

Jacinda Ardern was elected as the new leader of New Zealand's Labour opposition on Tuesday in a unanimous vote, following the resignation of former leader Andrew Little.
Little quit earlier in the day, according to local media, after taking responsibility for the Labour party's continued poor polling.
    Just hours into her new role as alternative prime minister, Ardern was asked on current affairs show "The Project" about potentially juggling motherhood with her professional responsibilities.
    "A lot of women in New Zealand feel they have to make a choice between having babies and having a career ... is that a choice that you feel you have to make or already made?" host Jesse Mulligan asked Ardern, after admitting some of his colleagues had said he shouldn't raise it.