For those of you interested in improving your female characters, do check out my series uninspiringly titled: CREATING BETTER FEMALE CHARACTERS.
Now consisting of three articles (with more to come) and all focusing on the insights of fifty carefully-selected actresses and women in other areas of the industry (known as the Fab 50), it contains plenty of advice (I won't say straight from the horse's mouth!) to, if not help you develop and enhance the female roles in your story, at least give you food for thought.
Here's the link to the third and most recent article:
For those who wish to read from the beginning, simply scroll to the bottom of the link where you'll find the first two listed under "Recent Posts".