I wrote a pretty in-depth essay for my English Composition 102 class about the way that female characters in Criminal Minds are treated by the fandom. I asked people here (and on tumblr) to give me their opinions on the main female characters.
Due to time and length constraints, I ended up talking only about Elle Greenaway, Jennifer Jareau, Ashley Seaver, and Emily Prentiss - the characters that got the most in-depth responses.
A lot of people asked me to post my paper, so I'm posting it now.
You can find it here
on my journal.