This is an excellent question, Maggi. What makes a STRONG female lead, with that emphasis cited by the media these days? Is it anytime a woman carries a show, or just when there’s a woman who displays typical masculine traits?
Don’t we do that we everything? Female Secretary of State. Woman presidential candidate. Female CEO of GM.
Not that it’s right, it’s just what people tend to do. It’s often a toss-up whether they mean to be flattering or condescending.
This article is interesting about strong female characters who are morally grey: