Her tutors were the most trusted advisors of her mother.
In Europe, exceptions were rare before the printing press and the Reformation made literacy more widespread.
One notable exception to the general neglect of girls' literacy is Queen Elizabeth I.
This usage may be considered derogatory or disrespectful in professional or other formal contexts, just as the term boy can be considered disparaging when applied to an adult man. It can also be used deprecatively when used to discriminate against children ("you're just a girl").
In casual context, the word has positive uses, as evidenced by its use in titles of popular music.
In Ancient Egypt, the princess Neferure grew up under the reign of her mother, the woman Pharaoh Hatshepsut, who had inherited the throne after the death of her husband Thutmose II.
Women in Ancient Egypt had a relatively high status in society, and as the daughter of the pharaoh, Neferura was provided with the best education possible.
For this reason, girls' and boys' education differed.
Boys could attend formal schools to learn how to read, write, and do math, while girls would be educated at home to learn the occupations of their mothers.
Schools were segregated in France until the end of World War II.