That whole .38 special airweight BS happens to a LOT of woman. For some reason, gun shop commamdos love pushing those things on the "little woman". I don't know why, but those little bastards are considered by mouth breathing morons to be a womans gun.
As far as I'm concerned any snubbie PERIOD is not a beginners handgun, regardless of gender and the jerks who push them can ....
I will cease and desist my rant right there. Sufice to say, I'm glad your wife ended up with a pistol she enjoyed shooting.