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.
The record books, that are put out by Boone & Crocket and Pope & Young and where I live is Henry Kelsey they are a great way to research a state or a province for big game. This does take some time but the knowledge it gives you, can be very valuable. Not all hunters have their trophies recorded, as where I live after the Hanson Buck became the new world record typical Whitetail, we saw a flood of hunters and now that has happened, some hunters are shying away from the record books but...