The “Fearless Girl” once faced off against the iconic Wall Street bull, but now the four-foot-tall statue created by artist Kristen Visbal has found a home near the New York Stock Exchange.
“Now instead of staring down the bull, she’s going to be staring down all of business,” New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney said during an unveiling ceremony Monday morning.
“I’m delighted, absolutely delighted, that the ‘Fearless Girl’ is getting a permanent home, right here in front of New York’s own stock exchange.”
Back in March of 2017, the bronze was installed directly across from Arturo Di Modica’s Charging Bull statue by State Street Global Advisors in a campaign to encourage companies to add more women to their boards. While she instantly drew crowds, her placement on the traffic island in Downtown Manhattan was never meant to last forever.
According to the Associated Press, the statue was removed last month, “in part because the admiring crowds around the two sculptures were creating a hazard.”
And as Congresswoman Maloney noted this morning, “New Yorkers really did not want to see her go.”
So a permanent home was found, and today, Betty Liu, the executive vice chairman of the stock exchange welcomed the statue.
“We’re honored to welcome ‘Fearless Girl’ to the very spot that has captured the minds of business leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs,” she said. “You’re among friends here at the New York Stock Exchange.”
The reinstallation of the “Fearless Girl” comes as New Yorkers pushes for more statues of historic women in the city. As it currently stands, just five statues honor women, while nearly 150 memorialize the accomplishments of men. A new initiative called She Built NYC hopes to change that, starting with a monument honoring the first black member of congress, Shirley Chisholm.