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My thoughts are that, when the writers are putting in an 'instant ally', and don't want the party to attack first and question later, too many of them are playing safe by making them female. Classic tropes, I think. Appeal to chivalry? Women are seen as innately less threatening if they're not obviously hostile? Less likely to be seen as a rival (except, clearly, romantically by straight women)? 'Why are they asking for help and not sorting out it out for themselves'? 'Will they ask us rather than tell us what to do?' There are lots of subtle reasons why the writers might think females more sympathetic to the party than males.
What I don't think is that it's 'put in female love interests'. Because I'm not interested in running love interests for my daughter's characters but they still play an important part in the story; they can't just be dropped.