Took my wife shopping for her first handgun last year, she gravitated right to the PX4 compact in 9mm. She handled several small revolvers, and other semi's, and kept coming back to the PX4. She really likes it, as does our daughter who probably shoots it more than my wife.
I was never a big fan of polymer framed guns, I did own and shoot an XD-9 for a while, but I like my wheel guns, and all metal semi's....(92FS & Kimber 1911).... lately I rarely shoot the 1911 because compared to the 92, it's a major pain in the a$$ to clean. I'm selling the Kimber to a friend and using the money to buy a full size PX4 in .45acp.