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巾幗 is the very old way to say woman in Chinese.
A common title ancient China, this actually refers to the scarf or head wrapping worn by virtually all women at that time.
巾幗 is kind of a cool way to say Woman now. The actual gender character alone on a wall scroll would actually just look like a fancy sign for the woman's restroom (WC).
If you are curious, the character to the right directly means female or woman. 巾幗 is useful information if you are a woman in need of a toilet in China.
女傑 can mean brave woman, heroine, lady of character, distinguished woman, outstanding woman, and sometimes prominent woman.
Some people might use this to give a title to women like Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, Queen Elizabeth the First, Joan of Arc, Mulan Fa, Yevdokiya Nikolayevna Zavaliy, Harriet Tubman, Anne Frank, Clara Barton, and Jane Eyre.
I use it for a woman like Araceli Segarra (the first woman from Spain to climb Mt. Everest) and gave one of my daughters the middle name of Araceli.
女強人 is the best way to say "strong woman" or "strong and independent woman" in Chinese.
Grammar in China is a bit different, so these three characters literally read as "female strength person" or "woman strong person." This might sound funny in English but this is a natural-sounding title in Chinese.
烈婦 is a Japanese title for a strong-minded woman, virtuous woman, or heroine.
In some context, it can refer to a pure or chaste woman.
巾幗英雄 is a cool and somewhat ancient way to say woman hero in Chinese. 巾幗英雄 is used in modern times to refer to an outstanding woman or a woman with great accomplishments.
In the old days, it was a title for a woman warrior (oh, did I mention that there were great female generals who led huge armies into battle in ancient China?)
This literally means "Mysterious Person/Woman."
In Japanese, this is associated with a "geisha," which matches this definition of "mysterious woman." However, this is the colloquial way to say "professional geisha" or "expert prostitute" in Japanese. It, therefore, might not be what you want on your wall.
Notes: This is a "Japanese only" term, though a Chinese person who sees these characters will think of a geisha or an alluring Japanese female musician.
While not often seen in Korean Hanja, this would mean a "dark woman," as in a woman that you cannot easily see through.
美麗的女人 is the best and most polite way to express "beautiful woman" in Chinese.
Note: Some people may like the simple 2-character 美女 way to express this but there are some bad connotations with that, so better to stay with this longer and more respectful title.
This can be read as "girl power," "woman power," or "female strength."
女力 is kind of a strange or unofficial title in Chinese and Japanese. At least, it's not common for a wall scroll.
This should be "onna ryoku" in Japanese but I found some who suggest it should be "me riki."
We don't really have a word like this in English but these two characters create a word that means "strong and beautiful." It could also be translated as "healthy and beautiful."
Note: 健美 is a word in Chinese and Korean but it's also the family name Takemi in Japanese. The characters hold the same meaning in Japanese but It's kind of like having the English name Stillwell, when few people would perceive the meanings of still and well.
媛 means, a beauty; beautiful (woman); princess; young lady of noble birth; girl; small & lovely.
媛 is used a bit more commonly in Chinese than Japanese.
Note: This can be the female given name "Hime" in Japanese.
婦女會 is an expression which means "sisterhood" as in a women's association, club or group.
The first two characters mean "women."
The last character means to assemble, to meet, to gather, to see, union, group, or association.
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|jīn guó / jin1 guo2 / jin guo / jinguo||chin kuo / chinkuo|
|Woman of Strong Character|
|joketsu||nǚ jié / nv3 jie2 / nv jie / nvjie||nü chieh / nüchieh|
|nǚ qiáng rén|
nv3 qiang2 ren2
nv qiang ren
|nü ch`iang jen
nü chiang jen
|Strong-Minded Woman||烈婦||reppu / repu|
|jīn guó yīng xióng|
jin1 guo2 ying1 xiong2
jin guo ying xiong
|chin kuo ying hsiung
|玄人||kurouto / kuroto||xuán rén / xuan2 ren2 / xuan ren / xuanren||hsüan jen / hsüanjen|
|měi lì de nǚ rén|
mei3 li4 de nv3 ren2
mei li de nv ren
|mei li te nü jen
|女力||onna ryoku / me riki|
onnaryoku / meriki
|nǚ lì / nv3 li4 / nv li / nvli||nü li / nüli|
|Strong and Beautiful||健美||takemi||jiàn měi / jian4 mei3 / jian mei / jianmei||chien mei / chienmei|
|lóng nǚ / long2 nv3 / long nv / longnv||lung nü / lungnü|
|媛||hime / haru||yuàn / yuan4 / yuan||yüan|
Association of Women
|fu jo kai / fujokai||fù nǚ huì|
fu4 nv3 hui4
fu nv hui
|fu nü hui
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.
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