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For girls, girlhood is not just a fleeting phase, it’s a transformative journey that shapes the very essence of who we are and who we will become. This pivotal time is a canvas upon which we paint our dreams, confront challenges, and carve out our place in the world. 

However, everyone’s canvas is different. Just as no two individuals are the same, the essence of girlhood is shaped by a myriad of personal experiences. This diversity enriches the tapestry of girlhood, highlighting its capacity to mean something distinct to every girl.

Girlhood is a chapter of life marked by innocence, it’s a time when the world is viewed through a lens untainted by the complexities of womanhood. It’s a period of wonder, curiosity, and unbridled imagination. Sophomore Abby Chen said, “Girlhood is about embracing femininity as a little girl to its purest and most innocent effect.”

The innocent bliss of girlhood encapsulates the importance of female friendships. When you are young, there are no second thoughts about why you’re friends with someone, you just are. This era of girlhood–simply going to the beach with your girl-friends, having girl talks, and being able to confide in them about anything–is Junior Bella Kim’s favorite part of her childhood. 

Sadly, not every girl got to experience the innocence of girlhood; Senior Riam Alzubaidi’s girlhood stopped at the age of 9 due to her cultural differences. Alzubaidi’s girlhood was short-lived as she navigated her identity rather than embracing her carefree state.

The way girlhood is understood and lived varies significantly across different cultures, reflecting the unique traditions, values, and societal expectations of each community. Cultural rituals, ceremonies, and celebrations often mark the transition from childhood to adulthood, shaping girls’ perceptions of their own identities and roles. 

The intersection of gender norms, religious beliefs, and social norms further adds layers of complexity to how girlhood is experienced. 

For Mrs. Kaufusi, it was a time of growth. Kaufusi said, “I made friends, I lost friends, and most importantly I figured out what kind of friends I wanted and needed around. It was a chance for me to figure out who I was.” Many girls are evaluating expectations and forging relations with themselves as well as with others. To most girls, this is a pivotal time in which you’re exploring your sense of self. 

Yet girlhood is not only about friendships–though, it is a key aspect–other types of relations formed during this state play a crucial role in molding girls’ characters. 

Mrs. Huggins said her favorite part of her girlhood was the relationship she had formed with her mother. Mothers usually carry a central role in shaping their daughters’ girlhoods, serving as guides, confidantes, and role models. They often become the first mirror in which girls see their reflection, influencing how they perceive their future selves. 

To reiterate, this isn’t a continuity among all girls. The absence of a mother does not diminish the spark of girlhood. 

Guardians, grandmothers, aunts, older sisters, friends, and mentors of all kinds can step into this role, providing the same essential guidance and love. 

With the topic of mothers, it is important to acknowledge that all women are girls. College Sophomore Julia Van Buskirk said she believes she is in her womanhood but also weirdly never left her girlhood. Buskirk said, “While I was living alone in college, I felt like a woman, but as I sit here and talk and laugh and eat with you, I feel like I can be a little girl.” She brings to our attention the excellent realization that girl can be a synonym for woman. 

When we think of our mothers, aunts, sisters, female teachers, they all have one thing in common: they are girls. People tend to demonize the word “girl” claiming it is an insult to be called a girl and not a woman. With the seemingly new emphasis on girlhood, “girl” shouldn’t be looked down upon. 

In general, the idea that being a child will always be part of a woman’s identity proposes that even as they age, girlhood will always be a part of them.

The girl in me never fails to come out when I’m complimenting other girls; when I’m in class and a girl says my shirt looks good so I tell her it was on sale; when I look down at my wrist and the hair tie isn’t my own; when I’m in the bathroom in need of a pad and a random girl hands me one; that is my definition of girlhood. I will always be a woman, but I will also never stop being a girl. 

Girlhood appears to be different for every woman. Yet everyone agrees that it serves or served as a crucial chapter in the intricate journey of weaving their individuality. 

Ultimately, the richness of girlhood lies in its adaptability, illustrating that while cultural nuances might shape its outward appearance, the universal themes of growth, discovery, and self-realization remain at its core. These shared moments and collective feelings are what make girlhood so special.

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