Her tutors were the most trusted advisors of her mother.She grew up to take on an important role by taking on the duties of a queen while her mother was pharaoh.This usage may be considered derogatory or disrespectful in professional or other formal contexts, just as the term boy can be considered disparaging when applied to an adult man. It can also be used deprecatively when used to discriminate against children ("you're just a girl").
Girl has meant any young unmarried woman since about 1530. The earliest known appearance of girl-friend is in 1892 and girl next door, meant as a teenaged female or young woman with a kind of wholesome appeal, dates only to 1961.
The word girl is sometimes used to refer to an adult female, usually a younger one.
It has been used playfully for people acting in an energetic fashion (Canadian singer Nelly Furtado's "Promiscuous Girl") or as a way of unifying women of all ages on the basis of their once having been girls (American country singer Martina Mc Bride's "This One's for the Girls"). The status of girls throughout world history is closely related to the status of women in any culture.
Where women enjoy a more equal status with men, girls benefit from greater attention to their needs.
Some coming-of-age ceremonies are religious rituals to recognize a girl's maturity with respect to her understanding of religious beliefs, and to recognize her changing role in her religious community.
Confirmation is a ceremony common to many Christian denominations for both boys and girls, usually taking place when the child is in their teen years.
However, education was still not considered as important for girls as for boys, who were being trained for professions that remained closed to women, and girls were not admitted to secondary level schools in France until the late 19th century.
Girls were not entitled to receive a Baccalaureate diploma in France until the reforms of 1924 under education minister Léon Bérard.
Despite the fact that women and men had a great deal of equality in Ancient Egypt, there were still important divisions in gender roles.