Sterling, I know John Lott mentions this in his book “More Guns, Less Crime” which is basically the definitive study on all of this stuff. Anyone interested in Gun Control HAS to read it. If you’re already pro-gun, you will be rabidly pro-gun by the time you’re through with it.
I can’t quite remember whether the study actually broke down the classes of victims. I want to say that the source he relied upon (the FBI crime report) did not say what gender the victim was, so it could not be a factor in his regression equations. But I do recall he mentions in the introduction that the availability of handguns generally speaking “levels the playing field” and that those who would presumably derive the MOST benefit are those who are physically weakest, meaning women and the elderly.