Women are strong. This isn’t a quality designated to one gender. Women can be and are physically strong. Women can be and are independent. Women can be and are dependent. It takes a strong person to know when they need to lean on other people. It takes a strong person to get up everyday and keep going when doors slam in your face, when opportunities (raises and bonuses and pay equity from the get go for examples) are not afforded to you because of your gender. It takes a strong person to know their worth and demand it.
Regardless what the issue may be that you are dealing with at the present time always make sure you are handling the situation the best way you know how to that is also comfortable for you, in order for you to move forward with your life in a healthy matter. Do not allow yourself to be distracted by the world. Someone will feel as though you have made a poor decision but if you are happy with your decision that is what matters.