My wife, for very valid reasons, left the research for her first decent bike to me.
I narrowed it down to Trek 7100, Marin Kentfield, Specialized crossroads. All had Women Specific Design (WSD) variants, and we decided to not care about WSD, but buy the one that fits her best. I actually did not even look at the geometries to find the difference between the mens and the womens bikes.
And then, at the bike shop, I let us talked into buying a Trek 7200 FX, even though she was a little unsure about how comfortable the saddle was. Later, after comign back home, I looked up the specs, and the geometry is a trace different. In retrospect, the LBS probably did not have a WSD bike set up: the only WSD bike she tried there was a Trek 7000. I attributed the saddle discomfort to the fact that she was riding for the first time.
I dont have a specific question, and want to leave this open ended. Any experiences with the difference WSD makes? Any suggestions on how I can help her if she really finds the bike uncomfortable after extended riding? I would appreciate any help.