By now you may have seen the Fearless Girl statue that appeared on Wall Street on March 7, 2017. She appeared quietly that night, but is inspiring hundreds of thousands of women and men throughout the country. The statue depicts a young girl with her hands on her hips in defiance as she faces the iconic Charging Bull statue. While the sculptor of the Charging Bull is so insulted by the Fearless Girl that he is trying to have her removed from her spot despite her ever-growing popularity among the public, waves of people continue to be influenced by this brave little girl. But brace yourselves, a new bit of information was just revealed from the sculptor and it may bring a new wave of excitement.
The brains behind the Fearless Girl has expressed some things people might not have known about the statue: the Fearless Girl is Latina.
We have finally learned that the Fearless Girl is Latina and there’s a major reason behind that decision.
— Lorena (@LorenaSGonzalez) April 17, 2017
Devika Bulchandani, the president of McCann XBC and managing director of McCann New York, told Advertising Age that they wanted Fearless Girl to be Latina so that she was universal and so she could “be an inspiration for everybody – fathers who have little girls and husbands who have wives [people who are] white, black, Indian – it should speak to the broadest audience,”
The Fearless Girl is promoting the increase of more women to corporate boards.
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Basically, McCann New York partnered up with State Street Global Advisors and created the Fearless Girl as an ad directed at the 3,500 companies they invest their client’s money into, according to Advertising Age. But, just because she might have been created as an internal ad of sorts doesn’t mean she isn’t inspiring women and girls to go after their dreams.
The Fearless Girl literally showed up in the middle of the night facing the Charging Bull on Wall Street. Her popularity and inspiration are not slowing down.
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According to The New York Times, the Fearless Girl was supposed to be a temporary installation for one month but the growing popularity and demand by the public prompted Mayor Bill de Blasio to announce that the statue will stay put until International Women’s Day in 2018. The Charging Bull sculptor has claimed that the appearance of the Fearless Girl violates his rights as an artist and has been trying to get the statue removed. Never mind that he dropped his sculpture in the middle of the night in 1987 and public demand is what made his sculpture a permanent staple in the Financial District.
Fans of the Fearless Girl have started a petition to make the statue a permanent part of Wall Street.
— NM Women in the Arts (@NMWomenInTheArt) April 6, 2017
As of the post of this article, the Change.org petition has received more than 37,000 of the 50,000 necessary signatures.
And Mayor de Blasio seems to understand the importance of Fearless Girl “taking up space” on Wall Street.
Men who don’t like women taking up space are exactly why we need the Fearless Girl. https://t.co/D2OZl4ituJ
— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) April 12, 2017