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    ...They are even stepping out of 10 Downing Street, according to one paparazzi photographer . I write of the moment education secretary Nicky Morgan and energy secretary Amber Rudd were met with a call of "Morning, girls!" from one snapper. Morgan, who is also minister for women - that's women - and equalities, was unimpressed, retorting: "Girls? Girls?!" The photographer then apologised. Morgan is 42, Rudd 51. Neither of them are girls. So why do we continue to call women - aka adults - girls? The term "girls" should really be limited to the under-13s. After that, add the prefix of "teenage", and I'd say around the age of 16, shift to referring to "young women". Then, at 18: women. It's not difficult. "Girls" screams of gender-segregated toys and the colour pink. It reads: childhood and vulnerability. Sure, the incredibly popular American series from Lena Dunham is titled Girls - but this is a series which focuses on the tricky transition between college years and adulthood. 'Girls' screams gender-segregated toys and the colour pink. ...

    NDTV on July 9, 2015, midnight