Depends on where you live and your gender doesn't matter. In the US most states consider you an adult at 18, however it is 19 in Alabama and Nebraska, and 21 in Mississippi. Some states will allow you to file for emancipation at 17, but you will need to prove that you can support yourself. That means having a job that pays enough for you to pay for room and board as well as all your other needs such as food, insurance, etc.
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Gender makes no difference. You can leave without your parent's or legal guardian's permission at the age of 18 in America, but in Canada you're allowed to move out at the age of 17. Although you can leave at any age as long as your parent/s or guardian are okay with it.
Ask yourself this. Can I fully support myself? Can I afford the insurance required by the affordable care act? Do I have the necessary job skills to earn an adequate income? Could I handle an unplanned pregnancy? Can I afford all of these things and still provide for transportation, and the insurance required for it? Rent, food, medications, make-up, furniture, television, recreation, All of these things, are you truly ready? Then figure if age really bears on any of the choices you'll make if you do decide to leave. Family is our collective support system until we CAN stand on our own two feet! Think about all you will lose if you do leave. :/