A simple inversion can only be done with a pronoun

Vous savez le faire. => Savez-vous le faire?
They can (know how to) do it. => Can they do it?  

If the subject of the clause is a noun, this simple inversion is not possible.
It is easier to form the question with est-ce que.

Les femmes lisent des livres. => Est-ce que les femmes lisent des livres?
    Also: Les femmes, lisent-elles des livres?
  Women read books. =>   Do women read books?

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