Unless it's a bio of someone enough editors want to get rid of for some prejudicial reasons, even if it's got lots of WP:RS. Then they claim, "oh, it doesn't matter if the person has been quoted or referred to 10 times by the top newspapers in the country, the articles weren't ABOUT the person. So they aren't REALLY notable."
I do think the inclusion of the word "notable" is important here. The lists aren't just of women, they're of women who are notable enough to qualify for a Wikipedia article - which is a pretty low bar, as anyone who's ever tried to get some mess deleted already knows!