A pregnant woman.

A woman is a female human adult. People use the word "woman"[1] (one woman, two or more women) to talk about biological sex. Sometimes, the term woman is used regardless of age, as in phrases such as "Women's rights", to fight social issues such as misogyny.

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Human female reproductive anatomy
A woman usually has a uterus or womb. A baby develops in the uterus, a sexual organ exclusive to females.

While women have gained many more rights and freedoms in most of the developed world, especially since the beginning of the 20th century, 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 symbol for the goddess Venus is used for women.

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

Among hunter-gatherers, women often work at gathering food and looking after children. In some modern societies, these roles have changed to allow single, career oriented women to become a regular part of society.


  1. man - definition Dictionary.reference.com
  2. female - The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000. Bartleby.com