Galore Celebrates Independence

You hear the phrase “strong, independent woman” in songs, TV shows, movies, and headlines so often these days, it can be tough to remember what it actually means.

Because really, what’s not to love about the idea of independence? It means standing on your own, not needing anyone else, and being totally self-sufficient.

But the thing is, nobody can actually stand on their own with no one around them. We all need help from our friends, or family, and even our followers when it comes to achieving our goals and keeping things 100.

So this is where independence gets tricky. We all want to be trailblazers and girlbosses — but we can’t do it on our own. Sometimes we might have to cut ties with a friend we thought would be lifelong. Sometimes we have to depend on a day job and pursue our real dreams at night, because as independent as we wanna be, we all need cash to stay afloat.

Not to mention figuring out where you boyfriend, girlfriend, or partner fits into it, which is basically a lifelong balancing act.

So this month, we’re looking at what independence means to us, our readers, and our friends. From escaping a cult to dropping out of college to going freelance to making social media your job to leaving an abusive boyfriend, there are so many ways to exercise your independence.

Read all our thoughts about independence and coverage of independent boss b*tches below.

The Single Girl’s 2016 Summer Bucket List

How to End a Long Distance Relationship Without Looking Like a Dick

When It’s Okay to Outgrow a Friendship

I Escaped My Abusive Relationship by Cheating

‘Gay Girl Straight Girl’ Is About to Be Your Fave New Web Series

How Old 14 Iconic Women Were When They Got Their Big Break

Nursing School Dropout Marie Jean-Baptiste Is Building a Haitian-Inspired Fashion Empire

This Is the Perfect Shirt for Telling Pervs to F Off 

All the Things You Can Get Out of a Dating App Besides a New Boo

How I Stopped Being a ‘Relationship Girl’

12 Girls Confess What They Miss the Most About Being Single

The Perfect Playlist for Every Independent Woman

Meet the Woman Behind the Makeup in Tyler Perry & Spike Lee Movies 

Urban Decay’s Founder on How to Slay in the Business World

Why It’s Totally Okay Not to Know WTF to Do With Your Life

Brokenhearted Babe: How I Finally Learned to Be Single

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