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'The Fearless Girl' statue. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)


New York City mayor announces that ‘Fearless Girl’ statue will stay in place for another year

March 27, 2017

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that the “Fearless Girl” statue on Lower Broadway will stay in place until February 2018. The internationally lauded statue depicting a young girl staring down Wall Street’s famous “Charging Bull” became an instant tourist sensation when it was installed earlier this month by State Street Global Advisors to highlight the need for more women on corporate boards.

In a statement, the mayor said of the statue, “In her short time here, the Fearless Girl has fueled powerful conversations about women in leadership and inspired so many… now, she’ll be asserting herself and affirming her strength even after her temporary permit expires — a fitting path for a girl who refuses to quit.”

A petition to keep the statue there, which was started by Nira Desai, amassed the signatures of more than 28,000 people. In an email to CNNMoney, Desai said that while the extension was “really incredible news,” she still intends to continue fighting to make “Fearless Girl” permanent.

The statue hasn’t been without controversy, however, as some critics have said it embodies a version of “corporate” feminism.

Read the full article on CNNMoney.


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