Can I throw this into the mix? Ok I will - I am always interested to read about 'women's voice' as I have only recently started to sing in my own right and with a band. (I am only 50!) and friends have encouraged me to sing.....
For what it's worth, I think finding the right song for your voice to justice to and vice versa is the thing! I am not a songwriter but with my musicians we try and test many songs before finding the ones that 'sound good'
Not making any serious points here, but enjoy this;
my youtube debut - watch it, it's not what you think! and yes I do both sets of vocals which we recorded in two takes (of course!) had much fun making the video and doing the singing!