I think the problem is a lot of people who got the "strong female character" memo assumed "strong" referred to the "female" part and not the "character" part. So you get female characters who are bland look-at-me-I'm-so-tuff-watch-out-boys characters that they are afraid to give flaws and complexity to. A female character can be weak or stupid or fearful etc while still being a strong character. I guess they have this idea that making female characters vulnerable is "sexist" or some nonsense.
People who actually applaud one dimensional characters because they're "badass" are just part of the problem.