A woman is an adult female human. Prior to adulthood, a female human is referred to as a girl (a female child or adolescent). The plural women is sometimes used in certain phrases such as "women's rights" to denote female humans regardless of age.

Typically, women inherit a pair of X chromosomes from their parents, and are capable of pregnancy and giving birth from puberty until menopause. More generally, sex differentiation of the female fetus is governed by the lack of a present, or functioning, SRY-gene on either one of the respective sex chromosomes. Female anatomy is distinguished from male anatomy by the female reproductive system, which includes the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, vagina, and vulva. The adult female pelvis is wider, the hips broader, and the breasts larger than that of adult males. Women have significantly less facial and other body hair, have a higher body fat composition, and are on average shorter and less muscular than men.

Throughout human history, traditional gender roles have often defined and limited women's activities and opportunities; many religious doctrines stipulate certain rules for women. With restrictions loosening during the 20th century in many societies, women have gained access to careers beyond the traditional homemaker, and the ability to pursue higher education. Violence against women, whether within families or in communities, has a long history and is primarily committed by men. Some women are denied reproductive rights. The movements and ideologies of feminism have a shared goal of achieving gender equality.

Trans women have a gender identity that does not align with their male sex assignment at birth, while intersex women may have sex characteristics that do not fit typical notions of female biology.


July 6, 2022

Bette Midler Responds to Backlash Over Her Tweet About ‘Erasure’ of Women | Billboard News

Midler has been criticized for using language that some consider anti-trans, as it mocked inclusive terminology surrounding abortion access.

July 6, 2022

Bette Midler Responds to Backlash Over Her Tweets About ‘Erasure’ of Women

Midler has been criticized for using language that some consider anti-trans, as it mocked inclusive terminology surrounding abortion access.

July 5, 2022

Rihanna Is America’s Youngest Self-Made Billionaire

Forbes unveiled its 2022 list of "America's Richest Self-Made Women."

July 5, 2022

Former NHS Doctor Jailed For 3 Years After Killing Women During ‘Routine’ Procedure

The court heard how the 48-year-old lost consciousness as soon as the needle was inserted, causing her husband to flee the room shouting: “He killed her."

July 1, 2022

See Taylor Swift’s ‘Willow’ Cabin & ‘Mean’ Dress at the Grammy Museum’s ‘Women in Country’ Exhibit

"Calling all Swifties!" reads a post about the exhibit from the Grammy Museum.

June 27, 2022

Kendrick Lamar Closes Glastonbury With Blood-Soaked Call for Women’s Rights

The rapper wore a crown of thorns for his heated performance.

June 27, 2022

Kendrick Lamar Makes Powerful Statement About Women's Rights During Glastonbury Performance

Kendrick Lamar concluded his Glastonbury performance by delivering a striking statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.

June 23, 2022

Toronto Artist Alexis Eke Draws Love Letters to Black Women Everywhere | Northern Clutch

In the latest episode of Northern Clutch, Alexis Eke tells us about her come up, the support of her Toronto community, and the Black women who inspire her art.

June 20, 2022

Drake’s ‘Honestly Nevermind’ Breaks Apple Music Dance Album & Marries 23 Women In ‘Fall Back’ Music Video With Tristan Thompson Cameo | Billboard News

The rapper’s ‘Certified Lover Boy’ still holds the record for the biggest album in Apple Music history by first-day streams.

June 19, 2022

FINA Votes to Restrict Participation of Trans Women in Elite Swimming Competitions

Swimming's world governing body FINA voted to restrict trans women from competing in elite women's competitions and create an "open" category down the road.

June 17, 2022

Drake Marries 23 Women in New “Falling Back” Video: Watch

From his surprise album Honestly, Nevermind

June 14, 2022

Coldplay enlist Kelly Rowland for live cover of Destiny’s Child’s ‘Independent Women Part I’

Rowland is the latest special guest to join the band on their Music of the Spheres world tour The post Coldplay enlist Kelly Rowland for live cover of Destiny’s Child’s ‘Independent Women Part I’ appeared first on NME.

June 13, 2022

R&B Upstart Yaya Bey Wants More for Black Women

With her new album Remember Your North Star, the New York artist realized that her worth isn’t measured by how much she can endure.

June 13, 2022

Kelly Rowland Joins Coldplay for Destiny’s Child’s ‘Independent Women’ in Atlanta

Rowland is the latest artist to team-up with the band during their run of North American 'Music of the Spheres' dates.

June 7, 2022

New Report Reveals Details of Deshaun Watson Allegations, Allegedly Received Massages From 66 Women in 17 Months

According to a new report, Watson received massages from 66 different women in 17 months, and was provided with hotel rooms and NDAs by his former team.

June 7, 2022

Amber Heard Says 'Women's Rights Are Moving Backward’ in Response to Johnny Depp's First TikTok

Heard’s team responded to Depp's post by calling the verdict in the trial—where he was awarded $10.35 million in damages and Heard $2 million—a setback.

June 7, 2022

Jack Harlow Shouts Out Black Women for Being ‘Such a Massive Part of My Career’

Harlow spoke in a new interview about what the support of Black women means to him in his career, noting that they’re “such a massive part” of it.

June 7, 2022

How Spotify’s EQUAL Program is Uplifting Women in Music Across The Globe

Billboard sat with three of Spotify's EQUAL honorees to discuss their musical journeys as women, gender advocacy and equity in the industry, and the EQUAL initiative.

June 6, 2022

Lizzo Calls Out 'Ugly Men' Who Mock Women by Using Her Name

The artist, whose new album 'Special' arrives next month, had an important announcement about "ugly men" who use her name to mock women online.

June 3, 2022

Viral Clip Shows Drake Reportedly Covering Tab for Two Women in Detroit Bar

A viral clip shows Drake reportedly covering a tab for two women's drinks in a Detroit bar, with the woman who filmed the video telling TMZ he's "courteous."

June 1, 2022

New Air Jordan 3 Colorway Is Releasing for Women

A new 'Black Cement'-esque black and gold Air Jordan 3 is reportedly releasing in women's sizing in October 2022. Click here for a first look.

June 1, 2022

HoopQueens Is Creating a Safe Space for Canadian Women to Ball

Complex Canada sat down with HoopQueens founder Keesa K to talk about how her organization makes basketball a more inclusive space for Canadian women.

May 31, 2022

‘Her Country’ Author Marissa Moss on the Inequalities Women Artists Face in Country Music

Moss's new book 'Her Country' looks at how Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves and Mickey Guyton have succeeded often despite systemic inequality.

May 31, 2022

A Complete Guide to This Weekend’s Sneaker Releases

From the A Ma Maniere x Air Jordan 2 to the 'Rose Whisper' Women's Nike Dunk Low, here is a complete guide to this week's best sneaker releases.

May 28, 2022

'Little Women: Atlanta' Star Ms. Juicy Baby Back Home After Suffering Serious Stroke

'Little Women: Atlanta' star Shirlene "Ms. Juicy Baby" Pearson returned home this week, just weeks after suffering a serious stroke, TMZ reports.

May 28, 2022

Classmates Say Texas School Shooter Was 'Violent Towards Women'

Classmates like Keanna Baxter have opened up about Ramos' time as a student, and his reported violent tendencies back then at Uvalde High School.

May 27, 2022

Only 13% Of This Year’s UK Festival Headliners Are Women

A shocking, but somewhat unsurprising, investigation conducted by the BBC has revealed that only 13% of artists partaking in this year’s UK music festivals are

May 27, 2022

Moneybagg Yo Cycles Through Women on New Single ‘See Wat I’m Sayin’

Track follows two recent standalone singles and the chart-topping album A Gangsta's Pain

May 26, 2022

2 Women Arrested After Police Find 500,000 Fentanyl Pills in Car

Arizona authorities say they discovered the pills during a traffic stop. The suspects, Martha Lopez and Tania Luna Solis, were hit with multiple drug charges.

May 25, 2022

Melody Ehsani Releases ‘Black Women in Defiance’ Bracelet Collection

The collaborative range consists of 10 bracelets that pay homage to Black women activists and historical figures, including Audre Lorde and Billie Holiday.


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