The term is old and it carries negative stereotypes. A "woman of color" is assumed to be "sultry;" native to a hot, humid climate; bodaceous, curvy, voluptuous; (with a lot of emphasis on showing off the actual skin of whatever color it is) foreign, exotic, "available," subservient; somewhat or somehow uncomfortable with English as a native language; etc. "Colored" is rather archaic in reference to human skin. Also, in English, an adjective is usually placed before the noun it modifies. I'm sorry if someone's first impression of a "woman of color" upon meeting her face to face is that she is "black" (or some other race) but that is just a basic fact of life. You aren't going to change people's skin color. Jeremiah 13:23 KJV: Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil. Or why do we need to be so concerned if a leopard has spots whereas a lion has stripes?