For a beginner, I strongly recommend that you lean toward a revolver. You pull the trigger - it goes boom... No slides to deal with - no barrels to ‘tip up’..
As a sample, Ruger SP101 models have small grips. They come chambered for .357 (shoot .38’s for lower recoil) and come in an assortment of barrel lengths. They have a new chambering for a .327 round.
Are you going to carry? Y/N
How are you going to carry? purse/pocket/belt
Children in home?
A lot of things to consider.......
Yes, I plan to take a class and get a CCwp, though I don’t know if I’ll actually carry. I guess I’m interested for the same reason that so many people are now purchasing firearms. I never took much interest in it, before. Lately I’ve been taking more.