Go to your local pro shop, and shoot a few. That's the only way to tell if you feel comfortable with the bow. I shoot a Fred Bear grizzly recurve myself, and Fred Bear bows are good bows for a good price.
The suggestion of going to a bow shop and trying a few bows is excellent. Might add decide what you want to do with the bow, target shooting or hunting or both. If you decide to hunt make sure you get a bow with a poundage that is legal for hunting, but light enough for you to enjoy.
Traditional gear is great, but I wouldn't exclude compound bows either. Mathews makes a line of bows geared to woman. Also, they make a Genesis bow that may be a good way to get started. It is like a recurve but has wheels.
Bring them in on a string. I love this term, if you want to be successful on calling in Elk, try not to just sound like the other caller. We all laugh at each other when we are practicing Elk calling at home or while camping. When I first started calling in Elk, I had no idea what i was doing and it's funny how many I could call in. The biggest Bull that I have called in to date was actually my first. I was making cow calls and screwing it up big time. But it's obvious I didn't screw up...