I am sorry you didn’t try the AR-15. It is actually one of the easiest rifles to handle and has much less recoil than other centerfire rifles.
I am extremely glad that you had the best possible environment to give shooting a try. Reduced stress means you can be more comfortable, which can actually help you achieve mastery of a firearm.
There is no method of tracking firearm sales by gender, race, or ethnicity, but it is possible to track issuance of concealed-carry licenses. The two fastest-growing demographics in this group are women and people of color. Reports from the Texas Department of Public Safety indicate a 72% increase in the percentage of total License to Carry approvals for black women over the past 10 years and the percentage of licenses issued to women of all racial groups rose nearly 22%.