Tomorrow is “Independence Day”, and while North America gained its independence from Great Britan, many of its citizens did not (gain independence, that is). Indeed, it took almost 150 years after “independence” for women to gain universal suffrage in the United States Of America. Let’s not even start on slavery.

While we’re not arguing our right to have a day’s holiday and watch some pretty fireworks (because even though we’re critical of history we’re very much living in the now, and, well, now we’ll take any excuse to lay by the pool all day), we are going to make sure we celebrate independence in a more general sense. So we’re giving it up for girl power via some of pop culture’s the best declarations of female independence from some of the sassiest characters that have inspired us to go solo.