own woman

(one's) own man/woman/person

Independent in action or thought; not accepting or swayed by outside influences. 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. You can't just accept everything you read in the media—you have to be your own man.
See also: man, own, person, woman
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(one's) own woman

Independent in judgment or action: She has always been her own woman.
See also: own, woman
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
The old instinct of deference and humility was there; the habit of decent self-effacement and knowledge of her "own place." 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.
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.
Now that the awkward moment of revelation was over, Miss Cornelia was her own woman again.
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.
The author also said that after Markle was cast in "Suits," she became her own woman. She was no longer dependent on another man, and everyone noticed it.
Bradley's choice is to be a continuity Minister or to be her own woman and do what is right.
Steve is so floored that he turns to the worst person for advice, Dev - who has had his own woman trouble recently, thinking he'd slept with babysitter Mary.
I am my own woman Former shadow minister Angela Eagle launches her Labour leadership bid That's my boy Andy Murray's mum Judy tweets a picture with him and the Wimbledon trophy I knew the car with my spare was five minutes behind on the road, so I needed to run Bikeless Chris Froome makes a run for it after crashing during the Tour de France Len you're not just a Goodman - you're a great man and we love you dearly Strictly Come Dancing host Tess Daly pays tribute to Len Goodman who's quitting the show after the next series after 12 years as head judge
I am not a Blairite, I am not a Brownite and I am not a Corbynista, I am my own woman," she said.
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.
Favourably compared to Indigo Girls and Beth Orton, it's fairer to say that Thorpe is her own woman. While there's a certain folksiness to her vocals, her music is more sophisticated that that of Emily Sailers or Amy Ray.
She is her own woman, And this means more to her than The time that is
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. "Beautiful Dreamer" is a fine novel of what many ambitious career women faced during this era.