If you live near Dublin, CA (East Bay area) there is a women's self defense seminar at CSA Gym April 20, 2013 at 13:00-17:00. For more information check the attached flyer document or call the gym directly 925-230-8442.
Not everyone can get a CCW and I don't know how many people carry their firearms with them everywhere. And sometimes you can't get to your weapon fast enough (gun, mace, knife, ect.). Maybe some do but for those who don't the best weapon on hand are your own. A little knowledge goes a long ways.