The “Fearless Girl” statue that was installed in March 2017 and has become a symbol of female empowerment will be moved, the firm behind it said — but it will be relocated to a new home not far away at the New York Stock Exchange.
State Street Global Advisors, the group that initially erected the statue last year as means of highlighting the need for more women on corporate boards, said on Thursday that it will be moved by the end of the year. “Our goal is to promote the power of having women in leadership, and placing her right next to the New York Stock Exchange is really the perfect metaphor,” Cyrus Taraporevala, president and CEO of State Street Global Advisors, told The New York Daily News. The stock exchange is located about three blocks from the ‘Charging Bull.”
Since the statue went up, it’s become a huge tourist attraction, with scores of people stopping to snap photos with the sculpture that depicts a young girl standing bravely as her pony tail blows in the wind. ‘Fearless Girl’ became an instant hit with tourists and city dwellers alike, and its popularity — not to mention a petition that garnered tens of thousands of signatures — prompted New York City mayor Bill de Blasio to extend the statue’s permit to be placed in that spot for another year.
However, the statue hasn’t been completely without controversy. It’s been the target of several instances of ugly vandalism and some feminists have criticized the statue for being a version of “corporate feminism.”
Other factors that went into finding a new permanent home for the “Fearless Girl” included public safety, as the throngs of tourists reportedly often end up standing in the street when they come top pay her a visit. Nevertheless, New York Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen said, the statue’s symbolism wouldn’t be lost after the move. “What could be more important than the sort of epicenter of corporate power?” Glen said. “And clearly, the ‘Fearless Girl’ was built to talk about that.”
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