(For other ways in which men commonly differ physically from women, see man.) During early fetal development, embryos of both sexes appear gender-neutral.As in cases without two sexes, such as species that reproduce asexually, the gender-neutral appearance is closer to female than to male.A fetus usually develops into a male if it is exposed to a significant amount of testosterone (typically because the fetus has a Y chromosome from the father).
It is a stylized representation of the goddess Venus's hand-mirror or an abstract symbol for the goddess: a circle with a small equilateral cross underneath.
The Venus symbol also represented femininity, and in ancient alchemy stood for copper.
Women with typical genetic development are usually capable of giving birth from puberty until menopause.
With regard to gender, a woman may also be a person whose sex assignment does not align with their gender identity, In Old English, wīfmann meant "female human", whereas wēr meant "male human".
The uterus is an organ with tissue to protect and nurture the developing fetus and muscle to expel it when giving birth.
The vagina is used in copulation and birthing, although the term vagina is often colloquially and incorrectly used in the English language for the vulva or external female genitalia, which consists of (in addition to the vagina) the labia, the clitoris, and the female urethra.
The term "womanhood" merely means the state of being a woman, having passed the menarche; "femininity" is used to refer to a set of typical female qualities associated with a certain attitude to gender roles; "womanliness" is like "femininity", but is usually associated with a different view of gender roles; "femaleness" is a general term, but is often used as shorthand for "human femaleness"; "distaff" is an archaic adjective derived from women's conventional role as a spinner, now used only as a deliberate archaism; "muliebrity" is a neologism (derived from the Latin) meant to provide a female counterpart of "virility", but used very loosely, sometimes to mean merely "womanhood", sometimes "femininity" and sometimes even as a collective term for women.
bat mitzvah in Judaism, or even just the custom of a special celebration for a certain birthday (generally between 12 and 21), like the Quinceañera of Latin America.
The term woman is usually reserved for an adult, with the term girl being the usual term for a female child or adolescent.