I do not want to sound cruel, but a beginning fly fisherman/woman can not tell the difference between a $60.00 rod and a $800.00 rod. Buy the the cheap one, and if she gets into it, then get a nicer rod.
Yes and no. If the $60. rod is total crap, it makes it hard to learn. People will give up out of frustration. Try to learn a musical instrument on a piece of crap. It can be done, but most will walk away.