female adult human

A woman is a female human adult, including trans women. People use the word "woman"[1] (one woman, two or more women) to talk about biological sex and/or gender identity. Sometimes, the term woman is used regardless of age, as in phrases such as "Women's rights". Also to include gender identity.

Important women
Kamala Harris the first woman Vice President of America.
Human female reproductive anatomy

A woman has a uterus or womb. A baby develops in the uterus, a sexual organ exclusive to females.

In the 18th century, biologists began using the symbol for the goddess Venus (♀️) as indicating a female plant or animal. It is often used for women.


While women have gained many more rights and freedoms in most of the developed world, especially since the beginning of the 20th century, many women still face discrimination and harassment worldwide. In earlier centuries, women in most of the world did not have rights, including the right to vote, and were treated with even less respect than today.


The Latin fēmina, whence female, is likely from the root in fellāre (to suck), in reference to breastfeeding.[2]

A transgender is a woman who was born with a male reproductive system and chose to be identified as a woman.

Gender rolesEdit

Among hunter-gatherers, women often work at gathering food and looking after children. This especially happened in the past. Many societies have traditionally patriarchal values, where men are considered to be the leader of the family.

In some modern societies, these roles have changed to allow single, career oriented women to become a regular part of society. Feminism has helped make this possible. However, women still face sexism in the industry today, including difference in salary compared to men.

Violence against womenEdit

Violence against women is still a problem even in modern society.


Before modern societies, education of women has been limited. In developed countries, most women have access to education, and even perform better than men at many levels. In the United States in 2005 and 2006, women have earned 62% of associate degrees, 58% of bachelor's degrees, 60% of master's degrees, and 50% of doctorates.[3][4]

The lack of education in women has been decreasing, and more women today have at least completed tertiary education.

Science, literature and artEdit

Throughout history, women have made contributions to science, literature, and art. There were many female writers, but many published their work under a male name. In music, women have been composers, songwriters, performers, singers, conductors, scholars, teachers, critics and more.


  1. woman - definition Dictionary.reference.com
  2. female Archived 2009-02-13 at the Wayback Machine - The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. Bartleby.com
  3. "Historical summary of faculty, students, degrees, and finances in degree-granting institutions: Selected years, 1869-70 through 2005-06". Nces.ed.gov. Retrieved 2014-08-22.
  4. Eisenhart, A. Margaret; Finkel, Elizabeth (2001). Women (Still) Need Not Apply:The Gender and Science Reader. New York: Routledge. pp. 13–23.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)