This is a traditional rite of passage and festival day in Japan for three- and seven-year-old girls and three- and five-year-old boys, held annually on November 15. On this day, the girl will be dressed in a traditional kimono, and will be taken to a temple by her family for a blessing ceremony.
Some women did become literate and were scholars, however, such as Hypatia.
Girls' formal education has traditionally been considered far less important than that of boys.
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.
By the 18th century, Europeans recognized the value of literacy, and schools were opened to educate the public in growing numbers.
Education in the Age of Enlightenment in France led to up to a third of women becoming literate by the time of the French Revolution, contrasting with roughly half of men by that time.
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.
Schools were segregated in France until the end of World War II.