What is Women: Definition and 181 Discussions

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 have two X chromosomes and are capable of pregnancy and giving birth from puberty until menopause. Female anatomy, as distinguished from male anatomy, includes the fallopian tubes, ovaries, uterus, vulva, Skene's glands, and Bartholin's glands. 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 male sex assignment at birth that does not align with their gender identity, while intersex women may have sex characteristics that do not fit typical notions of female biology.

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  1. A

    "Sir" Knighthood in Cricket -- Should we add "Madam" for Women Cricketers who have excelled?

    "Sir" Knighthood in Cricket. Do you feel Similar to "Sir" Knighthood in Cricket, there can be conferred "Madam" for Women Cricketers who have excelled?
  2. M

    How many men, women, and children are there?

    Proof: Let x be the number of men, y be the number of women and z be the number of children. Then we have 3x+2y+0.5z=100 such that x+y+z=100. Note that x+y+z=100 gives us z=100-x-y. Substituting this result...
  3. chwala

    Find the ratio of men to women

    hmmmm this question is a bit confusing... i.e on the part of finding the number of women. Looking at the graph, and say considering Red, it's pretty obvious that men are ##3##, now my confusion is on the number of women, is it ##5## or ##8##? my thinking falls on two perspectives,firstly that...
  4. T

    COVID W/Photo - Women survives COVID-19 w/Double Lung Transplant

    A good reason to avoid COVID-19! https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/lung-from-covid-19-patient/
  5. Robin04

    Probability - Men and women meeting

    I'm not sure how to start this. Can you give me a little hint?
  6. R

    How many ways are there for four men and five women ...

    Homework Statement How many ways are there for four men and five women to stand in a line so that All men stand together? All women stand together? Homework EquationsThe Attempt at a Solution For all men stand together, you can group the 4 men as one token, then there are (1+5)! ways the men...
  7. D

    Particle physicist/cosmologist

    is there other theoretical physicist that is both particle physicist and cosmologist? i only see randall sry i just need a quick answer.. anyways, ill be skimming all female scientists in wikipedia
  8. jerromyjon

    Do women have more DNA than men?

    I could be wrong I haven't checked, but women have 2 x's and men have an x and a y. So is an x more DNA than a y?
  9. J

    Programs Women earning Engineering/CS degrees, by school

    I ran across this table that lists the % of engineering and cs degrees awarded to women by school in 2014-2015. You can sort on any column, ascending or descending. http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/page/local/women-in-engineering-and-computer-science/2089/?tid=a_inl-amp This was useful to...
  10. ZapperZ

    Admissions Drop the Physics Requirement to Encourage More Women Engineers?

    OK, first of all, I am not quite certain where this topic should go. It does deal with academic guidelines and requirements, but it isn't really a "guidance" for students. So I was half tempted to post this in the General Discussion forum, but at the last minute, decided to post it in Academic...
  11. O

    B What were the contributions of the hidden figures to the early space program?

    There is a movie out--"Hidden Figures"--about how three women launched the space program; or something like that. My daughter wants to write about them for a school project. I keep suggesting my daughter write about Sophie Germain, or Emmy Noether, Daubechies or Hypatia. But my daughter...
  12. jedishrfu

    Only two women physics Nobel laureates in 115 years

    Great article on the Nobel Committee and their failure to select women of science for the Nobel: http://scitation.aip.org/content/aip/magazine/physicstoday/news/10.1063/PT.5.8191
  13. E

    How fast must the women run?

    Homework Statement A woman is on a train leaving the station at3.5 m/s , while a friend waving goodbye runs alongside the car she's in. Call the train's direction of motion the +x direction. Once the train has reached a speed of 10 m/s, how fast must the woman walk, and in which direction, to...
  14. N

    How many cats remained after women in West Cornwall lost sacks and cats?

    Homework Statement In West Cornwall, I met w women each carrying s sacks, each containing c cats. However, a third of the women then lost half their sacks, and the remaining women lost half their cats from a third of their sacks. How many cats remained, it terms of w, s and c?2. The attempt at...
  15. jeffery_winkle

    Is It Insulting to Girls That There Are Fewer Women in Physics?

    The American Physics Society is making the following official statement http://www.aps.org/policy/statements/15_2.cfm where they use the word "disappointing" referring to the percentage of physicists that are women. Of incoming physics majors, about 20% are girls, and 80% are boys. When a...
  16. Silicon Waffle

    Are women wearing nail polish attractive to you?

    Do you find women wearing nail polish attractive ? Why do men not wear nail polish ?
  17. Suraj M

    Biologically, women are superior to men?

    i honestly don't want to start a debate hear, i just encountered this question in a recent test, i decided notto answer it. Homework Statement Assertion (A): Biologically, Women are superior to men. Reason(R):The female takes care of the developing foetus, females also provide nourishment for...
  18. Amrator

    Are Women More Emotional than Men?

    Or is this just a myth? If women are in fact more emotional, then what is the evolutionary reason for this? Thank you.
  19. davenn

    The Hormone Guide and how to speak to women

    a giggle for the day :)
  20. Astronuc

    What are the risk factors for heart disease in women?

    Apparently it has been thought that heart disease is mostly a men's disease. But - Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease. Heart disease is now the No. 1 killer of women, causing more deaths than all cancers combined! And yet only 56 percent of American women...
  21. E

    Where did all the physics ladies go?

    First of all, I'd like to clarify my title by pointing out it is NOT a dodgy pick-up line. I am a female myself and have noticed that pretty much every woman who enrolled at my university in physics is going on, or plans to go into the field of astrophysics, myself included. I am wondering if...
  22. Astronuc

    Viking Women on the battle field?

    Apparently more women accompanied their husbands or families during Viking journeys/migrations than previously thought. Some apparently fought on the battlefield, or at least wielded swords and possibly wore armour...
  23. E

    Women in Engineering - advice from a dad

    My daughter graduates next week. Major in EE, minor in Physics and Econ. Here are my observations as a parent of a daughter who was only 1 of 4 EE females at her school. My daughter's school is proud of how they encourage females in engineering, but they should be ashamed of it...
  24. W

    Resources/Info on contributions of minorities and women to science

    Hi all, I want to read and learn about the contributions minorities and women have made to science so that I can highlight these contributions when I teach and be aware of them. I really am not sure where to look for this information, though. I was hoping some people on here might be able...
  25. F

    MHB How many ways can equal number of men and women line up for a photo?

    In how many ways can a non-empty collection of people to be chosen from 4 men and 3 women to lineup for a photo if the number of men must be the same as the number of women? I said {4 \choose 1} {3 \choose 1} 2! +{4 \choose 2} {3 \choose 2} 4! + {4 \choose 3} {3 \choose 3} 6! Is this right?
  26. Last chance U

    Do women find scientists attractive? Specifically physicists?

    From your own experience do you think being a scientist or a science student has helped you attract beautiful girls? Discuss.
  27. A

    Why are women not as strong as men?

    What evolutionary advantage does it serve? Is the lack of physical strength simply a biproduct of being able to give birth? It seems strange that those who produce the young would not be able to defend themselves most efficiently.
  28. ChristinaJ

    Promoting Women in Science great, but what about the actual science?

    There seem to be blogs popping up all over the place about women in science. They are a great idea. There is often a lack of science on such pages making it difficult to get a good picture of what women in science are actually doing. I am an accelerator physicist, at this moment working on...
  29. M

    Why fewer women in the realm of science and engineering?

    Actually, I wanted to ask "At what point a promising young female student would be discouraged from pursuing further enlightening in the path of science and engineering" but the title limits the characters inputted. When trying to apply for engineering schools or science academies, I...
  30. S

    Exploring Mathematics: Women Authors in the Field

    I have a substantial mathematics library. Perusing my collection, however, I noticed that none of the book authors were women. I find the lack of prominent female authors in mathematics to be disturbing, both in my libabrary and in the literature in general. So can any of you recommend me...
  31. B

    Permutations - arrangement of a boat crew of 8 women

    Homework Statement How many ways can a boat crew of 8 women be arranged if 3 of the women can only row on the bow side and 2 can only row on the stroke side?Homework Equations The Attempt at a Solution I simply did 8!/5! (5!/3!)3! which is simply 3!(8!/3!) The correct answer is 1728.

    I find it much more enjoyable to work with women

    Hi all, In the past 6 years I have worked with four women. One develops ANSYS models with and for me, another develops custom Excel add-in engineering programs with me, another is project manager, and lastly, one is a chemical engineer. I have found that working with women is much more...
  33. N

    History Women & Voting: An American History Perspective

    I was watching Lincoln last night, and at a part were the idea of women voting was laughed at by the legislators. My mom's comment was along the lines of "Oh right, women weren't smart enough to vote back then." or something similar (and a sarcastic tone of course). My retort was that around...
  34. S

    Number of ways to form a committee with men and women

    Homework Statement From a group of 5 women and 7 men, how many different committees con- sisting of 2 women and 3 men can be formed? What if 2 of the men are feuding and refuse to serve on the committee together? Part 1: my attempt: for men, we have 7 choose 3 for woman, we have 5 choose 2...
  35. Evo

    News Egypt's Islamists warn giving women some rights could destroy society

    Women aren't cattle, they're not "owned" and should have the same rights as men. I just find this attitude toward women unacceptable. http://news.yahoo.com/egypts-islamists-warn-giving-women-rights-could-destroy-061331905.html
  36. D

    Are women still considered a minority (USA)?

    I'm curious: Do most people (personal, industry, academia) still consider women a minority in physics? I was looking up a requirement for a fellowship which was specifically for minorities, and it got me thinking about this question. Personally, it seems like being female and...
  37. B

    The Secret on how men can attract women

    There is so much baloney that people write and say about how men can get women to feel attracted to them. I have seen and heard so called pick up artists argue this ad nauseum. Male pick up artists all say: It's all about confidence. This is such baloney. Whoever heard of a woman who said...
  38. B

    Would you say men are more insecure/self-conscious than women?

    My personal opinion is that generally more men are insecure/self-conscious (especially in this generation), however, maybe not to the extent women are. Any thoughts?
  39. J

    Why Are There So Few Women in Science?

    I know that science hasn't always been kind to women in the past but that seems to have changed. So why is it that there are so few women in the scientific community. I know it isn't extremely difficult to find a woman scientist, but compared to men the numbers are rather low (according to...
  40. 1

    Physics Women in Physics: Career Guidance for PhDs

    Any women out there with a PhD in physics? I was wondering, do any of you have families? When did you start? I'm a woman myself majoring in physics. With all the time needed for people in general to receive their PhD... then go through post docs for a few years... then finally, hopefully...
  41. J

    At how much of a disadvantage with women is a 5'8 guy?

    At how much of a disadvantage with women is a 5'8" guy? Five-eighter here. I realize I don't have a physical presence that signals dominance.
  42. G

    Do women really look at a man's shoes?

    If so, what do they garner by them? Today I bought my very first pair of very fine shoes. Hopefully they'll last a loooong time. I'm also just wondering if what they say is true, do mothers really tell their daughters to check out a man's shoes?
  43. K

    Women's Bright Colors: Exploring Nature's Colorful Gender Divide

    Why are women more brightly "colored" (whereas in other animals males usually are)? So, possibly I'm looking for the explanation according to Richard Dawkins, but I'd welcome all points of view. Why do women dress more brightly (when men still do the courting), while in other animals the sex...
  44. A

    Why Do Women Like Being Lied To?

    It's a simple question that deeply depresses me: Why do girls like guys that lie to them? The sad part is that most of them don't even know they are being lied to/like being lied to most of them time. I am asking this question both from my observation of people and my own experiences; I find...
  45. cepheid

    Why are women wearing tops with open backs?

    I hope that my thread title does not sound too risqué. I have noticed in my city, now that it is summer, that many women are wearing tops that are completely open at the back, exposing the undergarments. This got me thinking (always a dangerous thing)...why are so many women wearing these tops...
  46. B

    Addressing Sexism in the Physics Field: A Proactive Approach

    What is the sexism in physics field like? I heard there's a lot of sexism in the field.
  47. zoobyshoe

    Poll: The Ratio of Men to Women in Your Math/Science Classes

    It's my perception from random remarks that have been made here over the years that most people's math/science classes have been populated by a markedly higher proportion of men than women, and that interest in math/science dooms guys to a sort of involuntary monastic existence, as far as...
  48. J

    Probability question: From a group of 8 women, 6 men,

    Probability question: "From a group of 8 women, 6 men, ..." Homework Statement Homework Equations n choose k = n!/((n-k)! * k!) multiplication rule The Attempt at a Solution Clearly the number of total committees that can be formed from 3 of 8 women and 3 of 6 men is (8...
  49. I'm Awesome

    Engineering Women in Engineering and Computer Science

    As a girl I worry about going into an engineering field. I'm concerned about job prospects for women or discrimination in the work place. I also worry that it might be strange to be a minority in a class of mostly men. I’d like to hear what some girls think if there’s any on here that know about...