This is an old thread, I know. But for anyone still looking for a women's beginner board, I thought this might help. I am exactly the same size as aforementioned lady, and I rode a 144 5150 Empress for about ever (3 years). I liked it because it was a directional, (aka: I didn't fall down as much) it was cheap, (so I could spend money on the vast amount of other stuff I needed) and it was SOOO pretty!
No really, until you really
know what you're doing, there is no reason (in my opinion) to break the bank on a setup that you will a) thrash to pieces or b) outgrow in a year (or in my case, 3 years
) You can learn on just about anything. The board doesn't make the rider, if you ask me. I guess I hope people don't go out an toss a bunch of money at a beginner board just because its the coolest one out there.....