Girl Statue, Wall Street Bull Face Off to Encourage Gender Diversity

Girl Statue, Wall Street Bull Face Off to Encourage Gender Diversity

Almonte said it's hard to hold Abrianna's attention for a long time, but she tried to explain what the statue represents and what International Women's Day means.

The new statue, named "Fearless Girl", was installed by Boston-based investment firm State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) against the backdrop of International Women's Day as a call for more women to serve on corporate boards.

The bull has become a a mascot for Wall Street after it was placed there more than 25 years ago.

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Although there has been some progress made on the inclusion of women on corporate boards, still one out of every four Russell 3000 companies do not have even one woman on their board. The sculpture's silhouette facing "Charging Bull" also echoes the famous Occupy Wall Street image of a dancer posing atop the bovine sculpture, though here the woman is now a girl and in the way of the charging bull. Bull, as part of a campaign by US fund manager State Street to push companies to put women on their boards, in the financial district in NY.

Women across the country have planned to strike Wednesday to demonstrate their economic power in the workplace - and on Wall Street, home to the nation's stock exchange, the statue of a little girl will take her own stand with them.

Artist Kristen Visbal was tasked by the SSGA to create the bronze statue to be named as The Fearless Girl. Bull is seen, as part of a campaign by US fund manager State Street to push companies to put women on their boards, in the financial district in NY.

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"What we're saying to them with this statue is, you have to increase the gender diversity on your board and show us that's what you're doing, or we'll use the power of our vote as a significant shareholder to oppose the decisions you're making", said McNally.

The statue is a combination of her friend's seven-year-old daughter and a nine-year-old Latina girl, Visabel said.

"Well, we really wanted the bull to have a partner, and a partner that we thought was worthy of him", Heinel said.

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People checking out "The Fearless Girl" statue couldn't get enough of Abrianna and took photos of her. Inspired by recent "Day Without an Immigrant" protest that took place across the country in February, women across the USA are abstaining from work, study, or spending money.

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