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NYC’s ‘Fearless Girl’ Statue Will Stay Up For Another Year

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The “Fearless Girl” statue is getting moved to the New York City Stock Exchange due to an expired permit, according to an art commission spokesperson Thursday.

The famed “Fearless Girl” is moving from its current location in Bowling Green due to the permit expiring, according to State Street Corporation Media Relations Vice President Brendan Paul. The “Fearless Girl” statue, created by Delaware sculptor  Kristen Visbal, was revealed on International Women’s Day in 2017the New York Post reported. The sculpture was constructed to create “greater gender diversity on corporate boards,” according to State Street Global Advisors, the firm that commissioned “Fearless Girl.” Due to its popularity, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio extended the statue for a year in a contract that expired April 2.

“Fearless Bull’s sculptor, Arturo Di Modica, called the statue of the empowered girl an ‘advertising trick’ not truly meant for women’s empowerment. Di Modica’s bull is meant to signify American prosperity and strength, the artist said in comparison. The “Fearless Girl” statue was intentionally designed to go vis-a-vis with the bull statue to demonstrate women’s leadership. The statue of the defiant girl changed the narrative, making the bull appear like a bully, Di Modica said, according to The Washington Times.

“I’d love it if she could stare down the Charging Bull for the rest of time; but even if she can’t, I’m glad she will stay in the neighborhood and remind those who pass by the Stock Exchange that it’s past time for companies to put more women in boardrooms and in charge,” Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer said.

Since the construction of “Fearless Girl,” more than 150 companies added a female director to their board, according to State Street Global Advisors Chief Cyrus Taraporevala, ABC News reported.

Update: this story was changed to reflect the “Fearless Girl” statue being moved due to permit issues.

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