''My mother owns a hair salon, and I grew up there, sweeping the floor and listening to the stories told by all these women who came there. Some were single mothers, some weren’t, but they were positive, strong women. I loved being around that. I think that’s where songs I’ve written, like “Independent Women”, come from, and it was nice to be able to bring that to the movie 'Charlie's Angels'.'' - Beyoncé
''I wrote it in direct response to people misunderstanding ''Bills, Bills, Bills''. A lot of people got the wrong idea from the song. They thought we were being gold-diggers and Destiny’s Child is definitely not about that. We’re independent women, and we take care of ourselves.'' - Beyoncé
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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