The first minister said she is a “real feminist” after the Harry Potter author accused her of “destroying women’s rights” through her gender recognition reforms.
Nicola Sturgeon has denied she is a “destroyer of women’s rights” after JK Rowling wore a T-shirt bearing the jibe.
The Harry Potter author, who has been outspoken in her views on gender issues, shared a photo of herself wearing the garment in support of a protest outside Holyrood on Thursday against the reform of the Gender Recognition Act.
The proposed legislation aims to amend a previous law to make it easier for transgender people to be legally recognised as their chosen gender and get a new birth certificate.
They will no longer need to provide medical reports or evidence, and the minimum age of applicants for a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC) will be cut from 18 to 16.
Ms Sturgeon described herself as a “real” and “passionate” feminist she defended the bill on Friday morning.
“I’ve spent my entire life campaigning for women’s rights and I’m a passionate feminist with lots of evidence behind that”, she told BBC’s Today programme.