Woman, also known as Female, Gal, or Girl (diminutive) is a gender which is part of the Western gender binary. It is associated with femininity and a connection to girlhood or female-ness (as defined in one's society). It includes cisgender, transgender, genderqueer and non-binary women. Some non-binary people also may have a partial connection to being a woman or female-ness, in which case they may identify as a non-binary woman, woman-aligned, and/or fiaspec.
Woman is a term used for adults, while girl is used for children. Gal is used a casual word for women, typically younger women. Female is also sometimes used as a synonym for woman, however "female" can also be used to denote sex traits, so typically considered too clinical for most cases. "Female" can sometimes be used to exclude trans women or reduce women to their genitals. The word wifgender was created to encompass all the various words for womanhood.
People who are assigned female at birth (AFAB) are often raised with the expectation that they will identify as women, although not all AFAB people are women and not all women are AFAB. Identifying as a woman is often associated with a feminine gender expression and gender role, however not all women present femininely, and not all people who present femininely are women.
The astronomical symbol for Venus (♀) is the most commonly known symbol for women. It represents the hand mirror of the Roman goddess of love, or possibly a distaff or necklace. It is also the alchemical symbol for copper.
The woman flag was designed by Tumblr user Trintinic on December 29, 2017. The dark pink represents those who identify fully as women (binary woman). Light pink represents those who identify partially as women (demigirls, etc.) White represents multigender people who have woman as one of their genders.
The female flag was designed by queerflagswithbenton some time before September 18 2020. There is no known meaning.