Fearless Girl installed in her new home in front of the New York Stock Exchange

"Fearless Girl" has officially arrived at the New York Stock Exchange.The bronze statue of a young gi...

Posted: Dec 11, 2018 6:35 AM
Updated: Dec 11, 2018 6:35 AM

"Fearless Girl" has officially arrived at the New York Stock Exchange.

The bronze statue of a young girl standing with her hands on her hips has been relocated from Bowling Green Park, where she stood across the iconic "Charging Bull" for over a year, to a spot outside of the New York Stock Exchange.

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"Now instead of staring down the bull, she's going to be staring down all of business," New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney said on Monday morning during an unveiling ceremony for the statue. "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."

"Fearless Girl," which was installed by the financial firm State Street Global Advisors in March 2017, was only supposed to stay in place for a few days. But New York decided to extend the statue's permit in response to the public's embrace.

Staring down the stock exchange will give the statue "a bigger stage ... where she can have an even greater impact," Lori Heinel, Deputy Global Chief Investment Officer for State Street Global Advisors, said on Monday.

"Fearless Girl" was commissioned by State Street to raise awareness of the firm's initiative to increase the number of women on corporate boards. Since the installation in March of last year more than 300 companies have added female directors, State Street said.

"That's just the beginning," New York Stock Exchange president Stacey Cunningham told CNN Business. "She's going to continue to drive change, not only on corporate boards but also in corporate executive teams. More importantly, she's also inspiring women to think bigger."

Fans see the statue as a symbol of empowerment and equality. When "Fearless Girl" was staring down the bull, they dressed her for poor weather and imitated her pose — chest forward, chin held high — to be photographed by her side. Crowding around the statue posed a safety risk and was a factor in the move, the city said.

A plaque has been placed where "Fearless Girl" used to be.

Betty Liu, executive vice chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, said on Monday that in her new location the statue will serve as an "inspiration to the millions of people who walk through this thoroughfare every single year."

In addition to her many fans, "Fearless Girl" also has her critics. Because "Fearless Girl" was commissioned by State Street, some see the statue as a glorified ad. "Charging Bull" sculptor Arturo Di Modica said "Fearless Girl" tarnishes the bull's positive message.

The New York mayor's office said in April that the statue's post outside of the stock exchange would be her "long-term" home.

Kristen Visbal, the artist who sculpted "Fearless Girl," said she's "thrilled" that the statue has found a permanent home.

"I'm really excited that she's going to be in such a prominent location," Visbal told CNN Business. But she doesn't want the statue's Wall Street location to narrow her relevance.

"She is not just financial," she said, adding that the statue stands for "very broad issues" such as equal pay and equal rights across all sectors.

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