The question’s in the title. I suppose this has probably been going on for a while, but over the last two days I’ve been reading things and paused at references to “women lawyers” and “women judges” (is this a legal style thing? I assume it’s happening elsewhere).
So, when did “women” become an adjective (“men” isn’t one is it? “Law firms have too high a number of men partners” is not a sentence that I’d expect to see. It’s even more jarring).
And what does it mean? Is it a product of the sex/gender thing? In the “ven diagram” of female lawyers and women lawyers, who’s on the margins?