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Normally if the sentence has "la femme/les femmes/une femme" it will be translated as "the woman/the women/a woman".
If you see "ma femme", you'll know it's "my wife" because saying "my woman" would be rude. Also "ta femme/votre femme" would be "your wife". And "sa femme" would be "his wife".
So basically, just translate "femme" as "woman" unless you have some context to indicate otherwise.
le is for masculine nouns (grammatically masculine)
la is for feminine nouns (grammatically feminine)
The plural form for both is les
La femme - les femmes
L'homme - les hommes
The l' replaces either le or la when the noun starts with a vowel or non-aspirated h
Give this a peek. http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/articles_2.htm