Remember that girl who stared down a bull last year in New York City? Well, she wasn’t a real girl but rather a statue of a little girl approximately four-feet tall, standing fearlessly in front of a statue of a charging bull. Called “Fearless Girl,” this statue was installed at Manhattan’s Bowling Green on International Women’s Day in 2017 to raise awareness of the issues women face in the workplace, especially in male-dominated fields like finance and banking. Although she was only supposed to stay for a few days, her popularity convinced the mayor of New York City to let her stay much longer—over a year longer, in fact! However, the Bowling Green was no place for a temporary statue, and efforts were made to move it to a permanent location.
Last May, it was announced that Fearless Girl was going to become a permanent art installation just outside the New York Stock Exchange. Well, earlier this week, Fearless Girl was unveiled at her new location. She stood tall and stared defiantly at the New York Stock Exchange, letting the world know that women deserved equality in the workplace and leadership roles in the world of banking. She’s fearless, all right!
Have you seen the Fearless Girl statue? Why do you think she was so popular, and what does she represent to you?