One of the areas in the fictional female character’s life that needs to be considered when trying to write, for lack of better terminology, a “strong female” is relationships.
The number one problem with romance, as I said above, is when the chemistry seems forced. When two characters are forced together for no reason other than because they need to be in a relationship, it comes across as… well, forced. Force relationship are dry, and much worse than letting characters stay single.
Should the writers have just completely glossed over the relationship?