As the title says, I think this is a controversial topic (one that would probably get be perma-banned from TF.N boards).
So, I was thinking about this the other day. Has anyone else noticed how, since Kathleen Kennedy took over, they are over compensating for the "Leia is the only female character in SW" complaint? For example:
TFA: main character is Rey, Maz is female, introduce a female stormtrooper as their OIC (Phasma), and, while BB-8 is a droid it's supposedly "female".
R1: main character is Jyn, introduction (well, re-intro) of Mon Mothma as the leader of the Alliance
Rebels: Hera is the "mother" of the group, Sabine and her mother are "leaders" of their clan/mandos. Gov. Pryce ruler of Lothal. Focus on Ahsoka, etc.
The SW ongoing comic introduced more female centric stories/characters.
Several of the new books have female main/lead characters. Even Thrawn was half about Thrawn and half about Pryce.
Now I'm listening to Inferno Squad where the main character is a female, another major character is a female (no spoilers, I'm only a little way into the book). And this book is what the new Battlefront II game's single player missions/story will be based on.
Forces of Destiny.
And TLJ looks like it will be strongly Rey and Leia's story, and add Phasma and the new character that Finn pals around with (I forget her name).
There are probably more examples that I don't recall right now or don't know about to list them. But you get the idea.
I understand the idea of "righting the ship", showing that there are more female characters, important characters, in the SW story. The old EU saw that need and created strong female characters like Mara, Jaina, Tenel Ka, the imperial lady that wore red uniform (again, I forget her name at the moment), Vestara, etc. But it wasn't to the extent that is currently happening. I do actually like and enjoy good strong female characters (I always wanted Leia to be a strong Jedi alongside her brother...and loved Mara). It seems like currently, most of the female characters are the leaders of various groups/organizations. It just, to me, "seems" like over correcting, as if they are steering past "female supported" to "female dominated" stories.
*shrug* IDK, that's just the perception that I'm getting.