Can we say "for women and by women" in a single word? We're creating a service that is similar to uber but only for women.

Thank you very much.

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    – Dan Bron
    Commented Apr 27, 2015 at 21:57
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    - - Sorority - -
    – amdn
    Commented Apr 27, 2015 at 23:59
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    Please supply more context. Please also supply the reason why you need a single word. @DanBron may have been joking, but you can actually use "women-for-women", or "by-women-for-women", and these are single words. But why do you need a single word? And why a single word for these particular words in what you're writing, and not others?
    – RegDwigнt
    Commented Apr 28, 2015 at 10:25
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    What's with all the downvotes (on the question and answers)? This is no more unreasonable than many other single word requests.
    – Mitch
    Commented Apr 28, 2015 at 19:04
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    Thanks Mitch, that's what happen when Internet is in the hand of frustrated 12 years olds. Commented Apr 28, 2015 at 19:19

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Women-only service

from The Economist : Women-only cabs.

A new car service offers lifts for women, from women.

...the launch of SheTaxis, an app that lets female passengers insist on female drivers, and vice versa.

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    Our service is very similar to shecab Commented Apr 28, 2015 at 11:48
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    -1 Japan has women-only train carriages, which implies nothing about who creates or runs the service, only who can use it. Commented Apr 30, 2015 at 1:07
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    @Aymane: nobody at all laughed at your question. People asked you for clarification. (How hard would it have been to just tell us right away that your service is similar to shecabs?) But you never made any effort to improve the question. So understandably, downvotes started to trickle in to give you an incentive to work on it. But even after that, you still refused to invest any effort into improving the question. Instead you chose to insult people trying to make this site a better place as "frustrated 12 year olds". You are being rude. (And yet still nobody is laughing at your question.)
    – RegDwigнt
    Commented Apr 30, 2015 at 12:06
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    I relied on Stackexchange's tags : single-word-requests I explained what I wanted, and didn't know that you guys would be curious about the service we're offering. What would you react to an answer like : Forwomenandbywomen. ???? He's making fun of my question and is playing cool. I consider that as laughing at my question. Commented Apr 30, 2015 at 13:30
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    To provide some perhaps useful background context, see meta.english.stackexchange.com/questions/4732/… Commented May 3, 2015 at 4:51

Feminine does the job:

1.1 Relating to women; female:


Tracking the connotations at etymonline.com:

mid-14c., "of the female sex," from Old French femenin (12c.) "feminine, female; with feminine qualities, effeminate,"
from Latin femininus "feminine" (in the grammatical sense at first),
from femina "woman, female," literally "she who suckles,"
from root of felare "to suck, suckle" (see fecund).
Usual modern sense of "woman-like, proper to or characteristic of women" is recorded from mid-15c. Related: Femininely.

The interplay of meanings now represented roughly in female "characteristic of the sex that bears children," feminine "having qualities considered appropriate to a woman," and effeminate "having female qualities in a bad sense, unmanly," and the attempt to keep them clear of each other, has led to many coinages. Among nouns, in addition to feminity "womanishness," femininity, femaleness, feminineness (1810, "female qualities"), there is feminitude (1878); feminility "womanliness" (1824); feminie "womankind" (late 14c.); femality (17c., "effeminacy;" 1754 "female nature"); feminacy "female nature" (1829); feminicity "quality or condition of being a woman" (1843). Also feminality (1640s, "quality or state of being female"), from rare adjective feminal "female, belonging to a woman" (late 14c.), from Old French feminal. And femineity "quality or state of being feminine," also "effeminate; womanly," from Latin femineus "of a woman, pertaining to a woman."

Emphasis mine

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    But that doesn't imply that something is made by women or even exclusively for women. For example, most people would probably agree that nail polish is "feminine," yet it can be made by men and is sometimes used by males as well as females.
    – Nicole
    Commented Apr 28, 2015 at 23:51
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    Yes, men can invade feminine territory, but it is still feminine territory. Unfortunately, gender confusion has an impact on words too.
    – ScotM
    Commented Apr 29, 2015 at 0:11
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    But "feminine territory" is much broader than "made for and by females," which is what OP is looking for. Plenty of things produced by men could well be called feminine, so the word isn't specific enough to answer the question.
    – Nicole
    Commented Apr 29, 2015 at 3:35
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    By non-PC, may I assume you mean politically incorrect, @KyleStrand? If your opinion is correct, and mine is incorrect simply because it isn't yours, perhaps you are a bigger fan of political correctness than you thought.
    – ScotM
    Commented Apr 29, 2015 at 23:33
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    We's cool then, @KyleStrand :-) I found the bizarre timbre of the entire question-answer-comment conversation quite entertaining.
    – ScotM
    Commented Apr 30, 2015 at 0:48

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