I don't know about Buddha's
- male or female. I have never met one, or at least that I could discern. Or anyone worth thinkng about who claims to be one. Only people who claim or believe their teacher or some well loved person is one.
I have had about 6 close, in-person teachers, and value them all, but the ones who really had the most profound and lasting effect on me were women. This even carries out into non-Buddhist contexts. Almost all the doctors, writers, teachers, thinkers, mentors etc who have really indluenced and helped me, come to think of it have been women.
My guess is, if there is scripture that says otherwise it was slipped in there by a "respected" monk who was getting his enlightenment butt kicked by a woman.