I think you have really progressed. Yes there are still areas that need a little work but you are just starting out and it looks like you are doing better with proportions. I find faces incredibly hard to draw because each face is unique and HAS to be spot on. I prefer an animal where the pressure to be perfect isn't so strong. I wouldn't consider it a failure at all. Just another step forward in your artistic growth and development.
Yes that's a her. She's a she or something like that. OK, now I'm really going to have to finish this drawing.
There's a tiny little clip in her hair on the left. That should have given a hint to the gender.