Throughout literature, themes of domesticity are instilled in young female protagonists as they grow older. For the characters who wanted to break the mold, there weren’t many options. Many became teachers, for instance Jo Marsh, Anne Shirley, and Miss Winston from the Kirsten series. These characters faced an idea of “girlhood” and attempted to push past the boundaries set for girls that were perpetuated in their childhoods. Jacqueline Reid-Walsh examines the vague definition of girlhood in her Keywords for Children’s Literature essay, and its effects are exemplified in the Kirsten series. In the essay, the difference between girlhood and childhood is emphasized. Unlike childhood, girlhood specifically targets females and encourages traditional roles. Additionally, she brings up the history of tomboys in literature that eventually “all grow up to accept and extol conventional female norms”. These societal roles are demonstrated in Meet Kirsten when her mother says “tomorrow you men can look after the barn while we women talk”. Additionally, Reid-Walsh brings up the relationship between dolls and their role to teach the player to fall into feminine stereotypes. Kirsten and her cousins enjoy playing maternal figures to their dolls, possibly foreshadowing their futures. In her essay, Reid-Walsh specifically mentions the controversy of Barbie dolls. The Barbie doll we grew up with has had a massive overhaul. As a kid, I remember the Barbie catchphrase “Be Who You Wanna Be” which later morphed into “You Can Be Anything”. These dolls had jobs such as flight attendant, teacher, nurse, or veterinarian. Now scrolling through the Barbie page, not only do I see an extremely diverse range of dolls, but a diverse range of careers. A variety of STEM careers from entomologist to astrophysicist are offered. Dolls have been created for traditionally male dominated fields such as judges, construction workers, and baseball players. Besides providing representation for many young kids, Barbie actually provides tools for children to learn about such fields. For instance, Mattel partnered with Tynker so kids can learn to code along with their robotics engineer doll. Barbie’s new brand is growing in diversity and promoting the breaking of gender norms that have dominated girlhood in literature and the real world.