Fearless Girl to find new Wall Street home near NYSE

Posted April 20, 2018

"The Bull will nearly certainly be moved and will very likely wind up reunited with 'Fearless Girl, ' " de Blasio's spokesman, Eric Phillips, wrote on Twitter.

A girl poses with the "Fearless Girl" statue on Broadway in the Financial District of Manhattan in New York City, U.S., April 19, 2018.

New York's "Fearless Girl" statue that has become a global symbol of female business prowess will be moved from her spot staring down Wall Street's bronze "Charging Bull" to a new home facing the New York Stock Exchange.

"Fearless Girl", whose message is for a bigger role for women in corporate America and whose appearance in lower Manhattan on the eve of International Women's Day a year ago sparked a social media sensation, will be moved by the end of 2018, officials said.

More than 150 companies have added a woman to their boards since "Fearless Girl" was installed, according to recent reports. It is also considering whether to move the Charging Bull as well because of pedestrian safety concerns.

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But the bull and the girl belong together, said Martine Guillon, a high school teacher visiting from Paris.

The statue was originally part of a gender diversity campaign by State Street Global Advisors, a subsidiary of State Street Corp (STT.N), which said a year ago that 25 percent of the largest 3,000 US companies have no female directors. That way, it can serve as a "constant reminder of the work that public companies still have to do" to increase gender diversity on their boards. Artist Kristen Visbal, who is based in DE and primarily works in bronze, created the sculpture.

Visbal finds the new location "exciting", but added that the statue's message has extended beyond finance.

Not everyone has been happy with the placement and fame of "Fearless Girl".

"Fearless Bull's sculptor, Arturo Di Modica, called the statue of the empowered girl an "advertising trick" not truly meant for women's empowerment". Police removed the statue, which didn't have a permit. It has stood ever since as a symbol of American capitalism. He could not immediately be reached to comment on the possibility that "Charging Bull" may move.

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