Bonjour Dino !
Mmmh, that's a tricky question. I would say here that it's a question of fluidity and elegance. As you might know, if some cases, des can become de for elegance sake (see our lesson: https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/grammar/use-de-d-instead-of-des-in-front-of-adjectives-preceding-nouns-partitive-article ), so I would assume it's a similar context here.As a French speaker, I could also choose to say des femmes, but it would indeed sound less elegant...I hope that's helpful :)
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