A key criticism of T2: Judgement Day was that it presented a Sarah who has been transformed from regular person into a loud, brash, military personality. All traces of Sarah’s femininity are removed, Back in 1991, the best way to make a female character strong was to turn her into a man, and though Sarah Connor remains the ultimate badass because of her portrayal in T2, it reminded women that one couldn’t be feminine and a warrior.
During an event at the Rome Film Fest, a member of the Italian press asked Scorsese why his films’ protagonists are mainly men, showing few interesting female stories. A somewhat frustrated Scorsese immediately shot down the journalist's question. “No. That’s not even a valid point. That’s not valid. I can't…. That goes back to 1970. That’s a question that I’ve had for so many years. Am I supposed to?”