'Fearless Girl' stares down Wall Street's iconic bull A statue titled "Fearless Girl" faces the Wall Street bull, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in New York. A big investment firm, State Street Global Advisors, put the statue there to highlight International Women's Day. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
'Fearless Girl' stares down Wall Street's iconic bull
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A statue of a resolute young girl staring down Wall Street's famous Charging Bull was installed by a major asset managing firm. It is for International Women's Day to make a point: There's a lack of women on the boards of the largest U.S. corporations.
 
State Street Global Advisors, the Boston-based investment giant, had the statue created. State Street Global's goal is to push companies to increase the number of women directors.
 
Artist Kristen Visbal's "Fearless Girl" drew crowds March 8. They initially came to pose for pictures with the bull. But the novelty quickly became a New York City hot spot.
 
The girl is sculpted in bronze. Her hands are firmly planted on her waist. Her ponytailed head is held high.
 
"Know the power of women in leadership. SHE makes a difference," reads a plaque at her feet.
 
"We want to engage with boards and management around issues that we think will drive core results," said Lori Heinel. She is State Street's deputy global chief investment officer. "And what you find repeatedly is having more diverse boards and more diverse senior management will actually drive better results for companies."
 
Twenty-five percent of the Russell 3000, a broad index of U.S. companies, have no women on their boards. This is according to State Street, which manages many of their assets.
 
According to ISS Analytics, a business research firm, just 16 percent of board seats on companies in the Russell 3000 are held by women. The average board of directors has eight men and one woman.
 
"It's going to happen to the end of time unless you change something," says Erik Gordon. He is a lawyer and professor at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business. "It's got to not just be the rules. It's got to be the culture."
 
State Street has three women on an 11-member board. Heinel said her company also will urge those in Great Britain and Australia to add women to their leadership.
 
One man working in corporate America needed no convincing.
 
Chandrasekar Sundaram says a woman is the CEO of the company he works for in Texas, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. And he says she has quite a few women reporting to her.
 
"But when it gets to 50 percent, that's when I think it'll be right," said Sundaram. He is a Dallas resident and native of India. He was visiting New York with his family. The Charging Bull was one of their stops.
 
The mammoth bronze bull was a "guerrilla art" act. It was dropped in the middle of the night in Bowling Green Park in 1989 without permission. An artist created it as a symbol of Americans' survival energy following the 1987 stock market crash. The city gave its permission for the bull to remain.
 
McCann New York, a top advertising agency, installed the statue of the girl before dawn March 7. It has a city permit for one week. Negotiations are underway for the piece to remain longer.
 
Why choose the Charging Bull as the site to place the girl?
 
"Well, we really wanted the bull to have a partner, and a partner that we thought was worthy of him," Heinel said. "And so we got a very determined young woman who is fearless and is willing to drive the change that we believe we need."
 
Sundaram's 8-year-old daughter, Sankaribriya, got the message.
 
She wanted to pose with the sculpted girl. "I just wanted to look at her and wanted to feel like her," she said.

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COMMENTS (15)
  • granto-jen
    3/14/2017 - 10:30 a.m.

    There are not more woman in finance because men think they could be better than woman at that job.

  • myap102
    3/14/2017 - 10:35 a.m.

    Wow that's amazing, I wish I could feel brave just like her.

  • grantl-bur
    3/14/2017 - 05:28 p.m.

    There aren't more women in finance because, "It's a cultural thing". I think that this means people look at women differently then men and that's just how it's been. The text says, "It's going to happen to the end of time unless you change something.It's got to not just be the rules. It's got to be the culture," which backs my connection up.

  • abigailh-pla
    3/14/2017 - 07:14 p.m.

    The article describes the fierce bull that faces a fearless competitor who, by no mistake, happens to be a girl. The piece is meant to be a statement of empowerment for women on international women's day. The article also lists several statistics that deal with women's role in civic engagement such as, "State street has three women on an 11-member board," (Dobnik). It points out the lack of women in civically engaged positions and transcribes the message of encouragement placed in the street in the form of a little girl.

  • brettb-pla
    3/16/2017 - 10:29 a.m.

    This girl is showing civic engagement through her symbolic actions. She is standing up for women nation-wide and should be proud. Maybe one day she can become a stock broker and a CEO and show what it means to end gender roles. I would give this girl a high five if we ever met. She is showing that truly everyone can be civic engaged if they try hard enough.

  • mmolly-dav
    3/16/2017 - 10:41 p.m.

    I really love this new statue in New york city, overlooking wall street.
    It shows LOTS of symbolism. For starters, The brave girl is facing a charging bull, now that shows strength! Another strength symbol is that this brave young girl is wearing a cape, which means she is super and can do anything that she puts her mind to! International Womens day really means that us women ROCK!!! we are so powerful and the fact that this is a real life statue that is put for millions of people to see a day is crazy.

  • brandond-pla
    3/17/2017 - 02:44 p.m.

    This article discusses the "Fearless Girl" statue that was installed across from Wall Street's "Charging Bull" by State Street Global Advisors. The investment firm strove to make a statement with this statue: that women are needed to diversify the boards of directors for top companies.

    The "Fearless Girl" represents the struggle that women are fighting to prove themselves in upper levels of the workforce. I applaud State Street Global for creating this statue and drawing attention to the lack of diversity in the leadership of top companies. According to the article, 25% of companies within the Russel 3000 have no women on their board of directors.

  • breannah-smi1
    3/19/2017 - 01:54 p.m.

    There aren't more women in finance because it's a cultural thing. Men think they are better than women and they also think that they could be better at the women's job.

  • kennethh1-bur
    3/20/2017 - 10:59 a.m.

    The article describes the fierce bull that faces a fearless competitor who, by no mistake, happens to be a girl. The piece is meant to be a statement of empowerment for women on international women's day. The article also lists several statistics that deal with women's role in civic engagement such as, "State street has three women on an 11-member board," (Dobnik). It points out the lack of women in civically engaged positions and transcribes the message of encouragement placed in the street in the form of a little girl. I have seen many women-related right's statues.

  • kyleec-bur
    3/20/2017 - 11:06 a.m.

    There aren't more women in fiance because men think they can do it better than women can.It's always been this way no matter what.Some women are in fiance like my mom and I think there should be more women in this to prove that we can do as much like men can.

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