In 2006, while accepting an award from Equality Now (an organization promoting the human rights of women), Joss Whedon ("The Avengers," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") said he's often asked why he creates such strong women characters.
His response: "Why aren't you asking 100 other guys why they don't write strong women characters?"
Now, more women are entering the conversation themselves such as Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, who wrote last year's hit "Bridesmaids" starring an all-female ensemble cast.
Strong female characters are also becoming more prevalent. There's The CW's new Robin Hood drama, "Sherwood," which will have a female lead, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock's buddy comedy, "The Heat," which is expected to hit theaters in April.
In January, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will co-host the 70th annual Golden Globes (the first time any woman -- let alone two -- will helm the event without a male co-host), proving that the so-called "year" of the woman shows no signs of slowing down.