My wife and I have had this talk on several occasions, about different ways of carrying weapons. She has a tendency to default to her purse. One principle always applies whether you are talking about a firearm, pepper spray, knife or a club. The weapon is only useful if you can get it into operation quickly when attacked.
The other day I read about a female police officer who had her purse snatched. She lost her firearm, because the mugger ran up behind her and grabbed her purse. She had no time to react and lost her firearm and got into trouble at work. It was against department policy to not have the weapon on your body.
If you are leaving your home with a weapon it needs to be on your body and easily accessible. I see women that carry prepper spray attached to their key rings. The problem with this is that their keys spent most of their time buried deep in their purses.
Now don’t think that this is just a women problem, I see men making the same mistakes. They have a weapon in their car and leave it there when they get out. Weapons are also stored in backpacks or other bags or briefcases.
To be useful a weapon of any kind needs to be easily accessible and at the same time hidden to make it harder for someone to take it from you. Uniformed police officers wear their firearms in exposed holsters, but they are trained in weapon retention and the holsters normally have some type of retention device.
If you are carrying weapons of any kind, make sure that you are carrying them legally. Now I am not going to try to tell you what type of firearm or holster to carry, there are many different factors that go into determining what is best for you. I suggest that you find some locally that is qualified to help you. If you choose to carry pepper spray here is a post that may help you, Pepper Spray- How to Choose it and How to Use it
But whatever you carry make sure that you can easily access it while defending yourself and under stress. Any type of weapon is only useful if you can use it.