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Please have a look at this link about contracted articles: "du", "de la", "de l'", "des", and "de":
In this case "Nous sommes des femmes.", the plural indefinite article des refers to more than one countable person in an indefinite sense.
I completely disagree. "We are wives" is a perfectly logical sentence. At a conference, as a number of women boad a bus, a person asks one woman why they are getting on the bus, and she says "we are wives" (ture story). It was in China, and they were going sightseeing for a day while their husbands had meetings. Either way, "we are wives" should be accepted.