Upon first discovering these paleolithic statuettes, archeologists dubbed them "Venuses" after the Roman goddess, who was usually represented nude. However the term is considered a misnomer and is misleading because many doubt that the figurines represented deities of any kind  (italics belong to Athana).
Although it has been 150 years since these figurines were dubbed "Venuses," the term persists despite its inaccuracy: the Roman goddess Venus was among a large pantheon of gods and goddesses, yet Paleolithic peoples did not leave behind artifacts representing other deities or male deities.
Helen Benigni argues in The Emergence of the Goddess that the consistency in design of these featureless, large-breasted, often pregnant figures throughout a wide region and over a long period of time suggests they represent an archetype of a female Supreme Creator.
Neolithic, Bronze Age, and Iron Age people likely connected the female as a creator innately tied to the cycles of nature: women gave birth and their menstrual cycles aligned with lunar cycles and tides.
In Bettany Hughes's television documentary series "Divine Women," she notes how Victorian reaction to the discovery of the numerous "Venus figurines," with their fierce and explicit earthiness and sexuality, was primarily shock and revulsion.
Representations of the female form make up the great majority of unearthed sculptures from the past 30,000 years; it is only since the relatively recent emergence of Judeo-Christian religious belief that the central role of a feminine Supreme Being has been suppressed.Brilliant work!