Define a Woman


A woman is a female human with a uterus, ovaries, and vagina, just like a man. Women give birth and carry children, and we define her as such. Yet, defining a woman is a peculiarly human and religious practice. We are so fixated on age and sex that it seems pointless to try to add a whole lot of other information, including her sexual orientation. What’s all this fuss about?

Women’s right to vote

The early 20th century saw women’s rights to vote won in Australia, Finland, Norway, and New Zealand. By the end of the century, women were also granted the right to vote in some local elections in Sweden and the United States. It is difficult to pinpoint exactly when women first gained the right to vote, but some notable milestones are highlighted below. Some of these countries had long since abolished the sex quota and are now fully gender-equal.

Women’s slang terms

Many women avoid using slang for fear of misogyny or sexism. Men have long weaponised language to attack women. The term ‘whore’ has been a classic woman-on-woman insult for centuries. Despite this, women’s in-group slang terms are rich in disparaging terms for men. The MeToo movement, which began in 2006, has helped women share their stories and promote a feminist culture.

Women’s qualities

Ghada Amer has been exploring the power of femininity since the 1990s. Her Women’s Qualities installation recreates her garden in South Korea where she asked local residents to answer a series of questions about themselves. She chose the words “docile”, “sweet,” and ‘intelligent’ as the most commonly responded to terms. This installation serves as a meeting point between aesthetics, ideology, and culture, and allows the viewer to contemplate their own qualities.

Women’s roles in the world

For millennia, women have suffered discrimination and inequality. Male leaders ignored issues that affected half the population. With the passage of time, the role of women has become more important. In the past, girls were not considered worthy of further education and often sent off to early marriage. Today, more girls receive a college education and are given opportunities to develop. But even in this era of advancement, women continue to fall behind men in the field of politics and policy making.

Trans women’s experiences

In the study, trans women’s experiences were compared across race and gender, with racial differences noted in the perception of gender identity and presentation. For example, more trans Black and Latina women reported feeling that their gender identity had passed and were no longer in the minority, compared with White women. White women, on the other hand, reported that their gender identity was frequently questioned or disputed, and the majority (68%) felt they were “always or often” in the minority group.