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The word woman is usually reserved for an adult; girl is the usual term for a female child or adolescent.
When she becomes an adult, she is described as a woman.

Women's rights

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The plural women is also sometimes used for female humans, regardless of age, as in phrases such as "women's rights".
Women's rights are the rights and entitlements claimed for women and girls worldwide, and which formed the basis for the women's rights movement in the 19th century and feminist movement during the 20th century.

Violence against women

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Violence against women, whether within families or in communities, has a long history and is primarily committed by men.
Violence against women (VAW), also known as gender-based violence and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), are violent acts the victims of which are primarily or exclusively women or girls.

Trans woman

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Some women are trans (those who have a male sex assignment that does not align with their gender identity), or intersex (those born with sexual characteristics that do not fit typical notions of male or female).
A trans woman (sometimes trans-woman or transwoman) is a woman who was assigned male at birth.


A woman is a female human being.
The word female comes from the Latin femella, the diminutive form of femina, meaning "woman".


In ancient alchemy, the Venus symbol stood for copper and was associated with femininity.
The words femininity and womanhood are first recorded in Chaucer around 1380.


Many cultures have rites of passage to symbolize a girl's coming of age, such as confirmation in some branches of Christianity, bat mitzvah in Judaism, or a custom of a special celebration for a certain birthday (generally between 12 and 21), like the quinceañera of Latin America.
This birthday is celebrated in America from any other as it marks the transition from childhood to young womanhood.


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A woman is a female human being.
While the nucleotide genetic variation of individuals of the same sex across global populations is no greater than 0.1%, the genetic difference between males and females is between 1% and 2%.

Triple X syndrome

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In about one in a thousand births, a female is born with three X chromosomes, a condition termed Triple X syndrome.
Triple X syndrome, also known as trisomy X and 47,XXX, is characterized by the presence of an extra X chromosome in each cell of a female.


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Typically, a woman has two X chromosomes and is capable of pregnancy and giving birth from puberty until menopause.
Pregnancy, also known as gestation, is the time during which one or more offspring develops inside a woman.


If the fetus receives an X chromosome from the father it develops into a female, an effect of being exposed to estrogen.
While estrogens are present in both men and women, they are usually present at significantly higher levels in women of reproductive age.

Sex differences in medicine

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Also, there are some sex-related illnesses that are found more frequently or exclusively in women, e.g., breast cancer, cervical cancer, or ovarian cancer.
Examples of sex-related illnesses and disorders in female humans:


Many cultures have rites of passage to symbolize a girl's coming of age, such as confirmation in some branches of Christianity, bat mitzvah in Judaism, or a custom of a special celebration for a certain birthday (generally between 12 and 21), like the quinceañera of Latin America.
An important subcategory of the ritual purity laws relates to the segregation of menstruating women.

Gender symbol

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The glyph for the planet and Roman goddess Venus, or Aphrodite in Greek, is the symbol used in biology for the female sex.

Ordination of women

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There is a current controversy among Muslims on the circumstances in which women may act as imams—that is, lead a congregation in salat (prayer).

Women in science

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One woman, Marie Sklodowska-Curie, has been honored twice, with the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics and the 1911 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.


Slave women worked as weavers, pressers, millers, and porters.


The social role of the mother differs between cultures.
Mothers are women who inhabit or perform the role of bearing some relation to their children, who may or may not be their biological offspring.

Gender role

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Throughout human history, traditional gender roles have often defined and limited women's activities and opportunities; many religious doctrines stipulate certain rules for women that are obligatory.
Gender roles are culturally specific, and while most cultures distinguish only two (boy and girl or man and woman), others recognize more.

Women's suffrage in the United States

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Women's suffrage in the United States was achieved gradually, first at state and local levels, starting in the late 19th century and early 20th century, and in 1920 women in the US received universal suffrage, with the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Hoping that the U.S. Supreme Court would rule that women had a constitutional right to vote, suffragists made several attempts to vote in the early 1870s and then filed lawsuits when they were turned away.

Equal opportunity

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Movements advocate equality of opportunity for both sexes and equal rights irrespective of gender.
For example, a study in 2007 by the University of Washington examined its own treatment of women.

Wartime sexual violence

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Sexual violence against women greatly increases during times of war and armed conflict, during military occupation, or ethnic conflicts; most often in the form of war rape and sexual slavery.
These Central Asian tribes would subjugate the local Germanic and Slavic tribes of Europe, and often enslave their women as sex slaves, impregnating them with their sons.

Lists of women

Lists of women in science
* Lists of women
This is an index of lists about women.


Misogyny is the hatred of, contempt for, or prejudice against women or girls.


Different societies have different ideas about modesty.
Giuseppe Cardinal Siri of Genoa stated that trousers were unacceptable dress for women.