strong female characters are gaining popularity, especially in Young Adult books. Lots of people (Myself included) love books that have strong, independent female characters even though traditionally women are portrayed as weak and helpless.
‘There is no female mind. The brain is not an organ of sex. Might as well speak of a female liver.’ - Charlotte Perkins Gilman (July 1860 – August a prominent American feminist, sociologist, writer, and a lecturer for social reform.
"People feel removed from sexism. 'I'm not a sexist, but I'm not a feminist.' They think there's this fuzzy middle ground. There's no fuzzy middle ground. You either believe that women are people or you don't. It's that simple" - Joss Wheldon