own woman

(one's) own man/woman/person

Independent in action or thought; not accepting or swayed by outside influences. You can't just accept everything you read in the media—you have to be your own man. When I was younger, I would do anything my friends were doing, but I'm my own person now. You won't be able to manipulate her—she's really her own woman.
See also: man, own, person, woman

(one's) own woman

Independent in judgment or action: She has always been her own woman.
See also: own, woman
References in classic literature ?
Now that the awkward moment of revelation was over, Miss Cornelia was her own woman again.
Jennings laughed heartily; and Elinor found that in her resolution to know where they had been, she had actually made her own woman enquire of Mr.
But there mingled with it a certain mild audacity, born of the occasion and of a sense, probably, of Newman's unprecedented approachableness, and, beyond this, a vague indifference to the old proprieties; as if my lady's own woman had at last begun to reflect that, since my lady had taken another person, she had a slight reversionary property in herself.
His own woman was of the party--a veritable giantess, a virago of the first magnitude--and she was evidently the only thing in the world of which Usanga stood in awe.
Council members disregarded recommendations from the Supreme Council for Women and the Interior and Social Development Ministries to scrap the article - as its own woman and child committee, which initially opposed its insertion, has since changed its mind.
In all this, however, Yingluck must be seen to be her own woman, capable of making individual decisions in the interests of the people, and the country, rather than be portrayed as a foil for her older brother Thaksin, who is currently in exile.
She was her own woman who didn't fit the political stereotype.
He responds to the fact that she's her own woman and I think he's attracted to that.
The princess strikes me as her own woman and I like that.
SHE was once just pop star Jessica Simpson's younger sister but now, with a career, a husband and a son, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz is her own woman.
Resolved to become a teacher, her independence is challenged by suitors--and romance tends to stand against her being her own woman.
Of the rest, Princess Anne is the only one who has my undiluted admiration; her own woman, extremely talented and obviously intelligent.
By adding color to the gowns, which is exclusive to Jenny Lee, it allows the bride to be her own woman.
There's a romantic interest for Bobby, too, but Joanie is very much her own woman and every bit as brave as he is.
Produced by her husband, Steve Earle (his signature Moog raga is detectable on the couple's co-written ``Fairweather''), it's a collection of the brandy-throated singer's own compositions about taking charge of one's life and becoming your own woman.