(Lamentably, we notice this trend in the many modern English words. Take, for example, “epicenter.” The epicenter is actually the spot over the center of a quake -- a quake which may issue several kilometers underground. But people don’t know Greek prefixes, or like to sound clever, so they say epicenter instead of center; or amphitheater when they mean theater; etc…)
If women were prophesying, like Philip’s daughters (Acts 21:9), this gibes with Joel 2:28-32, the passage Peter quotes in the first Pentecost sermon. Yet this may still be to beg the question: what is the nature of this prophecy? I may be mistaken, but it appears we are dealing with a miraculous utterance. And yet prophecy in the gift-list of Romans 12 — there are 5 such lists in the NT — may well not be miraculous. (See my NT Chapter Notes on Romans 12.)
While I am open to the possibility that prophecy was identical to (or little different than) preaching, I would like someone to prove this. (One may also make a case that some prophecy [the non-preaching variety] is an act of worship.) Now while I have often heard attempts at "prophecy," these have been without exception occasions of embarrassment. I suppose the Lord will do what the Lord will do, and we shouldn't try to force things.