“woman” versus “female”

a thousand times, YES!

from: http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/07/16/how-to-call-someone-girl-without-seeming-like-a-raging-sexist/

Finally, while we’re here, let me put on my Grammar Girl hat and tell you about “woman” versus “female”: If you wouldn’t use the word “man,” don’t use “woman.” If you wouldn’t write “man lawyer,” you shouldn’t write “woman lawyer.” The adjective you’re looking for is “female,”  and you should use it sparingly: use it if you have a good reason to highlight someone’s sex, such as when someone is the first female astronaut to visit Mars.

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