The Fearless Girl statue, which Untapped Cities reported was on the move last month, has finally made it to her new home in front of the New York Stock Exchange. After nearly two years of steadfastly staring down the Wall Street Bull near Bowling Green, the Fearless Girl now stands, hand on hips, in an even more prominent location, staring down an important symbol of the financial industry.
State Street Global Advisors, the firm that sponsors the statue, notes on their website that this new spot will allow the Fearless Girl to have an “even greater impact, serving as a constant reminder to companies and investors that having women in leadership is good for business.” The statue was originally installed in March 2017 as a temporary piece for International Woman’s Day, but New Yorkers, and the world, grew so fond of the defiant 4-foot bronze girl that she stayed rooted in place until late November of this year. When the Fearless Girl statue was removed from the Bowling Green location, it was was replaced by a circular plaque with two footprints which read: “The Fearless Girl is on the move to the New York Stock Exchange. Until she’s there, stand for her. #FearlessGirl.” The move, which was announced back in April, was orchestrated by The City of New York and State Street Global Advisors.
Though some reports have cited traffic and safety concerns including over crowding and lack of wheelchair accessibility around the statue’s original location as reasons for the move, the official reason given by State Street Global Advisors President and CEO Cyrus Taraporevala was that the move would “encourage more companies to take action.” State Street claims that since the Fearless Girl has been introduced, not only has she inspired millions of women and girls around the world, but has also inspired real change as more than 300 companies globally have added a female director to their previously all-male boards.
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