Just a brief note about Dwarf Women that I feel (as a Dwarf fan) needs some consideration.
|They seldom walk abroad except in great need. They are in voice and appearance, and in garb if they must go on a journey, so like to the dwarf-men that the eyes and ears of other peoples cannot tell them apart. - Appendix A, III - Durin's Folk|
This quote has often given rise to the belief that I share that dwarf-women wear beards like the men do, which could be noted in their racial section. Or perhaps that phenomenon only occured in Durin's House.
The section goes onto say that many dwarf-women do not take husband for a variety of reasons.
Now, to a lot of Tolkien purists, the idea that if something doesnt happen often, it should be condemned within roleplaying. Yes, Dwarf-women are rare and do not venture forth save in great need. However, PCs are supposed to be adventurers of uncommon ilk, and the same could be said of Hobbit-folk. It seems to me that in a certain situation (a well-thought out background story approved by a Turambar) an unmarried Dwarf-woman (one with a husband would be far too jealous) could venture out from her mountain home and adventure.
EDIT: Perhaps make the female gender available to Dwarven PCs through a talent or flaw?