This led to a flurry of online debate, with many users agreeing the signage underlined the sexist belief that only women looked after children and managed a household.
Some have even called for gender-neutral figures to be used instead.
But others have expressed their disbelief at the row, calling it ridiculous and political correctness gone too far.
According to the Daily Mail newspaper, Tesco is aware of the issue and is in the process of changing the icons.
It comes as the company is facing a £4 billion (AUD $7 billion) lawsuit over equal pay – Britain’s largest ever.
According to the BBC, thousands of female Tesco employees could receive back pay totalling £20,000 (AUD $35,000) should the challenge be successful.
Legal representatives argue Tesco’s female staff earn less per hour than their male colleagues despite doing comparable work.
Laws were introduced in the UK in 1984 stating that people doing jobs that require similar skills, levels of responsibility and of comparable worth should be rewarded equally.
A recent case has seen Birmingham City Council liable for more than £1 billion (AUD $1.76 billion) after an equal pay claim between women working as cleaners, cooks and carers, who successfully argued their jobs compared to men employed in jobs such as bin collectors and road workers.
Supermarket chain Asda is also appealing against a ruling that states more than 9,000 women employed at checkouts or stacking shelves could compare themselves to higher paid males working in warehouses.
Leigh Day solicitors said they’ve been contacted by more than 1,000 Tesco staff so far, though up to 200,000 supermarket workers could be affected.