Out of the many Keywords essays, the one on “Girlhood” by Jacqueline Reid-Walsh stuck out the most. The word “girlhood” carries a lot of weight and has many different definitions. In the past, there was a single idea of what girlhood meant; a love for dolls and fashion and learning early on how to be a woman of the home. Today, however, there is a much different way of looking at the idea of girlhood. Our society has shifted to having a more open and diverse outlook on who a girl is and how she grows up. As we think about the old notion of girlhood, the book Kirsten Learns a Lesson portrays a perfect description of what growing up as a girl was like. With the story taking place in the mid 1800s, life for young girls was simple and straightforward. Kirsten and her cousins loved to play with dolls and were obsessed with using them in role play. They modeled their made-up stories after seeing how their mothers and other surrounding females acted. While young girls still play with dolls today, there is a much broader range of people and experiences to base the role play off of. In this day and age, there are hundreds of movies, tv shows, musicals, and songs that portray a different type of girl. One of the most empowering movies with a strong female character is The Hunger Games. Katniss Everdeen is known to be a huge role model for young girls because of her strength in survival skills and how she is determined to support and protect herself and her family. Traditionally, men are seen playing these roles both in real life and on screen. Movies like The Hunger Games show young girls that they really can be anything and there is no one stopping them from being who they want to be. Now, girls (and boys) play with dolls and create their own stories based on who they may aspire to be, who they look up to, or just make up crazy creative ideas. Our society today allows for this type of creativity and helps young girls know that there is so much out there to explore. There is more to girlhood than learning to be a house wife. Humankind has been pushing more and more towards breaking down those barriers and helping young girls understand that the world has so much to offer them.