Country music duo Maddie & Tae’s debut single, “Girl in a Country Song” and Laura Ingalls’ Little House on the Prairie both portray expectations for girls during “Girlhood.” In Keywords for Children’s Literature, Jacqueline Reid-Walsh wrote an article on “Girlhood.” She briefly touches on the doll play involved in a young girl’s life. She includes an excerpt from Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Emile which discusses how enthralled young girls often are with their dolls. I was most interested by the final line, “But the time will come when she will be her own doll” (93). It made me realize that it seems girls are always someone’s “doll,” whether they are their own doll or another’s. Traditionally, women were raised to be poised housekeepers and caretakers of children. For example, in Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls portrays Caroline Ingalls as the more domestic of the two parents. Her responsibilities are with maintaining the house and caring for the children. Jacqueline Reid-Walsh’s “Girlhood” claims that dolls are used to teach young girls of their mothers responsibilities so that they are better prepared when it is their time to take them on. Walsh writes, “Doll houses and dolls were intended to teach girls how to be good housekeepers and seamstresses by organizing a kitchen and other rooms of a miniature house, and by making dolls’ clothes and house furnishings” (95). There was a strict set of expectations for young girls. These have changed drastically over the years. Females, both children and adults, now have much more freedom in their behavior and lifestyle, but modern-day stereotypical expectations remain. Country music duo Maddie & Tae were bold enough to fight back against societal norms for girls in the country music scene. They did this through their debut single “Girl In A Country Song.” It is often overlooked that most country songs today set expectations for girls in their lyrics. The women depicted in the songs are described as being good-looking, and often said to be dancing in minimal clothing. Their descriptions make them sound as if they are just dolls for these boys to play with. Maddie & Tae took the liberty of bringing up this overlooked stereotyping by referencing a variety of different popular country songs from recent years that include lyrics like those that I have mentioned. While women have gained more freedom, expectations still exist and they are often communicated through lyrics. Although I only discussed the current expectations for women in country music, each genre of music communicates different expectations for women.