Friday, 22 October, 2021


'Fearless Girl' statue moving to New York Stock Exchange

“Fearless Girl” became an overnight sensation last year when State Street’s investment arm installed the 50-inch bronze statue to defiantly face off the “Charging Bull” of Wall Street 'Fearless Girl' statue moving to New York Stock Exchange
Conrad Doyle | 20 April, 2018, 02:04

Thomas Farley, president of the New York Stock Exchange, called the statue "a striking symbol of our ongoing journey toward greater equality", and added that "we eagerly await the arrival of "Fearless Girl" to her fitting new home".

The relocation to the stock exchange, three blocks away, would bring the bull back to its original place where it was delivered on a forklift truck as guerrilla art during the night in December 1989 to express financial survival after the stock market collapse.

The Fearless Girl statue was originally installed for International Women's Day in March 2017 and became a quick attraction, drawing thousands of spectators and activists who even dressed up the four-foot bronze girl in a sash to support the Paris Climate Agreement. Due to its popularity, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio extended the statue for a year in a contract that expired April 2.

The statue was on a temporary permit, but she became so popular that de Blasio vowed to find a new location. The statue was meant to be a temporary installation, but now, the mayor said, she'll be moving to a "new, long-term home". The financial services firm behind Wall Street's "Fearless Girl" statue agreed to pay $5 million to settle federal allegations that it paid female executives less than their male counterparts.

"Charging bull" will no longer stand face to face with the "Fearless girl". "Our hope is that by moving her closer to the NYSE she will encourage more companies to take action and, more broadly, that she will continue to inspire people from all walks of life on the issue of gender diversity".

State Street's investment arm, State Street Global Advisors, will work with the mayor's office to relocate Fearless Girl by the end of the year. But now it will remain in New York City permanently, at the new location just around the corner.

Di Modica wanted the girl gone, saying she altered the dynamic of his bull and was no more than what he called "an advertising trick".

Nevertheless, many are excited for Fearless Girl's new adventure.

As it happens, that's the spot where the Fearless Girl is headed next. It has stood ever since as a symbol of American capitalism.

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