Choosing a handful of interesting female leaders isn't about pushing a progressive agenda (I'm almost positive I'm the most conservative person on this board, by the way ); it's about having an interesting cast.
Well to those of us who don't see leaders in genders, 'interesting' does not mean what's between their legs. It means if the leader is iconic enough, famous enough, competent enough, will bring something new to the table (in terms of actions, not what they are).
I identify as a tall guy, you don't see me complaining about the lack of tall people in civ. Truly, I don't care if my demographic is represented. I care about good leader picks.
The only variety we should look into is variety in places or races because this is civ, not gender studies.
As for Elizabeth, I'm honestly surprised people here say she's the best leader of England for both genders. Don't get me wrong, she's one of the best but I wouldn't go as far as to overrating her. I've been to several history forums and had several conversations with different historians and the opinions are mixed when it comes to talking about the best monarch in England. But yeah, I would prefer her to lay low for a while. She appeared in all 5 civ games, she's getting really boring.
And for Seondeok, I thought you said historians say she's one of the best queens? Why reference wikipedia? Everyone knows it can be edited by just about everyone.
Also Zaarin, you really lost me when you said Wu Zetian and Taizong of Tang are on equal footing on the Tang Dynasty. Tang Taizong is regarded as the best emperor in Chinese history. And unlike England's monarchs, this is pretty much a universal opinion. Wu Zetian is very rarely part of the top 8 in anyone's list including mine. Though she probably wouldn't crack my top 10 either. Care to explain why you think they are on equal footing? I'm an open-minded guy. Been a history fan since I was a teen and I would love to hear different perspectives. Please talk about achievements. I don't think being a woman is the hardest thing in history. Not even close. Liu Bang was a peasant who became the founder of a dynasty. This is a much much harder achievement than a concubine who became empress.
Lastly, quotas mean you are fulfilling a certain demographic. Wanting better female leaders (not just any female leader) still mean you want quotas to be fulfilled, just better data I guess.