Chin up. Face defiant. Legs apart. Hands on hips.
The small girl is unafraid, powerful, going places. She stares at the bull and everything about her says one thing: bring it on.
The bull in question is the famous “Charging Bull” sculpture near Wall Street in New York City. The bronze statue weighs more than 3,000 kilograms and represents the aggression, prosperity and (let’s face it) masculinity of life on the stock market.
The bull has been an unchallenged symbol of the financial world since its installation in 1989. Men have been an unchallenged power in the financial world for much, much longer.
But this International Women’s Day, another bronze statue has moved in. The small girl, just as fierce, just as powerful, is staring straight at the bull. She’s called “Fearless Girl” and she represents the future of the stock market.
“This is a piece of work all women of any age, shape, colour or creed can relate to,” the artist behind the statue Kristen Visbal said in a statement.
“A work which reminds us today’s working woman is here to stay and has taken her place in the nation’s financial district.”
The “Fearless Girl” was installed as a marketing stunt from the investment firm State Street Global Advisors to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Lets make this statue permanent!!! Its so inspiring. Women hold up half the sky. ???? https://t.co/lko5I50GKC
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) March 8, 2017