The Charging Bull statue on Wall Street, initially intended to represent the strength and resilience of the American people, has long since morphed into a symbol of the people who work near it: aggressive, stubborn, dominating day traders and investment bankers.
On March 7, a new statue arrived that changed the dynamic of the area in a big way.
— Tine Møller Jensen (@tmoellerj) March 7, 2017
The Fearless Girl is a piece of guerrilla art, same as Charging Bull once was, placed by McCann ad agency for client State Street Global Advisors. It will be on display for at least a week according to AdWeek.
The statue mimics the style of the bull in material and presence, but the contents are totally different in attitude.
— Tim Nudd (@nudd) March 7, 2017
The statue, placed on the eve of International Women's Day, features a defiant young girl, standing stoic and unfazed in the wake of the angry bull. The piece, by Kristen Visbal, is part of a SSGA campaign that's trying, "to emphasize that companies with women in top positions perform better financially."
The Fearless Girl "is meant to symbolize the power of women in leadership," but I think it symbolizes much more.
— Zaibatsu News 📎 (@ZaibatsuNews) March 7, 2017
Charging Bull has been, at least for me, a symbol of the kind of "boys club" environment that Wall Street embodies so proudly.
There are countless articles detailing what it's like to be a woman on Wall Street, but the summary of most is the same: it's difficult to succeed not because you are not strong, and not because you are not qualified, but because the institution does not want you to succeed.
A permanent residency of The Fearless Girl would be a constant source of strength for these women, and for women and girls walking down the street.