Who is Making All that Noise?

May 5, 2017
“Fearless girl statue” by Kristen Visabel via @Flickr CC by 2.0

A little girl is making a lot of noise, but she can’t speak, is only four feet tall, and quite frankly doesn’t physically do anything. In fact, she isn’t even a real, breathing, human being. Now, before you start to wonder, where is Xyza going with this story? … let’s stop right there. The girl we’re talking about is a statue. She stands proud and tall with her head held high, confidently and courageously, while staring down a statue of Wall Street’s “Charging Bull” just a few feet away.

What does this all mean? This statue, “Fearless Girl,” was temporarily installed on International Women’s Day on March 8th to draw attention to the issues women face in the corporate world like gender inequality (or when men and women are not treated the same for doing the exact same job). Kristen Visbal, the artist who created the statue, said that this is a statue that “reminds us today’s working woman is here to stay and has taken her place in the nation’s financial district … The piece is pungent with Girl Power!” The statue has become a popular destination for locals and tourists alike vying to get a picture with it. It was only suppose to be on Wall Street for a week, but given its popularity and significance, the Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio announced that “Fearless Girl” will remain on Wall Street until at least next year.

Interesting Fact: The Charging Bull statue was made by artist Arturo Di Modica in response to the stock market crash in 1987. The bull which symbolizes the “strength and power of the American people” was initially a temporary statue, but it became such a popular attraction (Who goes to New York City and visits Wall Street without taking a picture with the Charging Bull, right?) that it was allowed to stay. Modica has since spoken out about the placement of the “Fearless Girl” statue and how its staring down of his bull has changed the meaning of his art piece and wants the girl to be removed.