5 - They don't adhere to traditional gender roles, nor do they expect their man to.
If it's one thing I respect about these women, it's their ability to study hard, work even harder and make their own money. I am not attracted to women who expect me to pay for the lion share of things while dating and when in a relationship. They don't expect preferential treatment, in fact they don't want it because they don't need it, they'll tackle all of life's hardships without the need of a man and without the need of preferential treatment.
4. - They challenge society's traditional perception of women.
Women are seen as needy, weak and in need of support through legislative means but in truth an independent woman doesn't care about how she is perceived, she knows she's as strong mentally as any man. She knows physical strength can only get you so far, it's mental strength that gets you the top and that's exactly where she plans on going. Society treats women with cotton wool wrapping but this woman doesn't need the cotton wool treatment, she can take whatever you throw at her.
3. - They are financially independent.
There's nothing better than a woman that earns her own money. She doesn't need a man to pay for her on the first date, she doesn't need a man to finance her love of shoes or travelling, video games or books, she can do that herself. So when she chooses a man to be with the man he can be assured that his bank balance won't drain and his credit card won't be maxed out, she has her own payment methods.
2. - They can intimidate men.
I love seeing men intimidated by an independent woman, they don't know what to do with themselves, they cannot rely on traditional gender roles with her, she's not interested in those and so she challenges him to find his own role in their relationship, she takes him out of his comfort zone and into uncharted territory. For many men this can be a daunting prospect as men are supposed to lead and women are supposed to follow. An independent woman comes along and screws that outdated plan up and encourages both parties to forge a mutually beneficial partnership with equal leadership.
1.- You know she wants to be with you.
There's a difference between wanting a man and needing a man. A woman can need a particular man without necessarily wanting to be with him. This may make most men feel appreciated but I'd rather be wanted and there's nothing better than being with a woman that genuinely wants to be with you. This is why I respect independent women because they know they can go it alone, they know they can be single and enjoy life, yet they choose to be with a particular man and that's a great compliment to any man.