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.
Hinge-cutting serves several purposes in regard to improving both whitetail habitat and your hunting experience. There are two main types of hinge cuts including a cut for screening and funnels and a cut for bedding. Hinge cuts for screening and funnels should be done somewhere between the knee and waist to block a deer's vision as well as block a travel path. Hinge cuts for bedding should be done around chest high so that there is room for a deer to bed underneath.