Well it depends if you think the fact a woman has climbed something no other women ever has before is worthy of note or not. Doesn't offend me, and actually I think its a good thing as women put up very, very few new routes regardless of grade so this way, particularly when it is a hard route / problem is a way of recognising that a woman has broken into a realm previously only occupied by men.
Of course a true first accent of the first human being to climb xyz trumps simply being the first of your sex, but as I said women make very very few first accents.
> Also, "first female ascent": I hate to say it, but is this officially a thing now?
I think so long as it's also a significant ascent as well. If it was 7a I don't think anyone would be making such a claim. Font 8b is still fairly rare amongst women climbers though the numbers have shot up in the past couple of years.
Not quite up to date but this gives some perspective.