Elizabeth received an education equal to that of a prominent male aristocrat; she was educated in Latin, Greek, Spanish, French, philosophy, history, mathematics and music.England reaped the reward of her rich education when circumstances resulted in her becoming a capable monarch.Schools were segregated in France until the end of World War II.Since then, compulsory education laws have raised the education of girls and young women throughout Europe.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.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.
In many countries, it is traditional for Catholics children to undergo another sacrament, First Communion, at the age of 7 years old.
Girl may also be a term of endearment a woman may use to designate adult female friends, as in "The girls and I went out together." The treatment and status of girls in any society is usually closely related to the status of women in that culture.
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.
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").