I used to work as a ski technician. Time & again, fitting woman for ski boots they would tell me the boot fit length-wise, but seemed a bit snug around the shins. This is because most women have calve muscles comparable to a man's thigh. (For women skiers out there, Salomon Boots are the answer!).
This is why prêt à porter was always a dumb idea & why it remains a dumb idea. A woman's hands are smaller than a mans.
Cameras outside the Canon Rebel series are much larger and heavier. Everytime I pick one up I am hyper-aware of this & that I cannot comfortably hold, much less control, anything larger than the Rebel, which fits into my hands seamlessly. It's rather surprising Canon has never caught on to this, they could easily market the Rebel as a woman's camera line.
Other female photographers have compared the Rebel to the coveted Mark series -- across the board, we love the weight & size of the Rebel. The argument against purchasing one hinges only on its entry level status, to which I say, unless you are being hired to photograph an image that is intended to be blown up until it is planet-sized, there are few reasons for buying one.
Another argument I can make rests on specs. Compare a top of the line Rebel to something released a few years ago in the Mark series. Looking a megapixels, shots per second, and focal capabilities there are few differences with the exception of price.