There she was, standing with her hands on her hips, her face turned upwards and she was fearless. I have heard so much of this defiant, little girl. She was small; standing at only four feet tall, the courage that her eyes showed was larger than life as she stood face-to-face opposite the iconic Charging Bull statue in the Bowling Green Park in downtown Manhattan in New York.
The Charging Bull stands eleven feet tall and was created by sculptor, Arturo Di Modica, after the 1987 stock market crash, to signify the “strength and power of the American people.” The bull has his head lowered as if he is about to charge forward into the crowds of people which surround him since he has become a popular tourist destination drawing thousands of people daily. The bull is arguably one of the most iconic sculptures of New York, often referred to as a “Wall Street icon” symbolizing Wall Street and the Financial District.
On March 7, 2017, on the eve of International Women’s Day, the Fearless Girl was installed facing the Charging Bull. The petite sculpture, which was designed by artist Kristen Visbal, was not simply of a young girl confronting a large animal. The Fearless Girl was part of State Street’s campaign to put pressure on companies to add more females to their boards. It did not stop there. A letter was then sent to thousands of companies asking them to diversify the members of their board to include more females.
Needless to say, the Fearless Girl has sparked so much commentary and debates on gender equality in the workplace. In spite of the controversy, she has many supporters. When former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, conceded to President Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential elections, her final message was for young women across the country. “To all the little girls watching this,” Clinton said, “never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.” I personally REALLY liked that message. She even took to her Twitter account and retweeted a photo of the Fearless Girl who was wearing a Wonder Woman headpiece.
The Fearless Girl will not stand opposite the Charging Bull for very long. She is set to leave in February 2018. She has, however, made her mark in this world. She can even now be found on Google Maps.
Below is a video of me walking up to the Fearless Girl and the Charging Bull. This was a Wednesday afternoon. There were so many people surrounding the sculptures!