Steyrlp10 is being too generous
the 1911 is actually an excellent platform for a woman as it is highly adaptable to smaller hands and the .45ACP's recoil is less violent many popular claibres.
my sometimes reluctance in mentioning the 1911 has to do with folks not understanding what it takes to make one run reliably and being put off by the price to get a reliable one to start with.
it's a bit of a jealous mistress
...because the journey is the worthier part...The Shepherd's Tale