She might be small, but when the Fearless Girl statue was revealed on March 8 for International Woman’s Day, she caused quite the commotion. The statue of a determined young girl with her hands on her hips and her hair in a ponytail appeared opposite the famous bull statue near the Wall Street Stock Exchange in New York City. It was originally only meant to remain there for a month, but due to massive public support the statue will be sticking around until 2018—at least.
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced the statue would stay until February 2018 after 28,000 people petitioned to keep it. “In her short time here, the Fearless Girl has fueled powerful conversations about women in leadership and inspired so many,” the mayor said. “Now, she’ll be asserting herself and affirming her strength even after her temporary permit expires—a fitting path for a girl who refuses to quit.”
The statue was commissioned by an advertising firm called McCann and State Street Global Advisers and designed by artist Kristen Visbal. Its origin has caused some to question the sincerity of the statue’s statement. Some see the Fearless Girl as a publicity tactic, while others wonder why the statue depicts a young girl instead of an adult woman.
Others choose to look at the statue as source of inspiration, including New York Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, who called for the statue to remain permanently on Wall Street. “I believe it is essential that she remain in her spot permanently,” Maloney said. “She embodies the resiliency that each woman must possess.”