Fearless Girl: Campaigners to stand by statue to keep her in New York as permit expires

LOWER MANHATTAN, New York (WABC) – Activists stood next to the “Fearless Girl” statue in Lower Manhattan on Thursday in a bid to keep it in New York City.

The permit for the statue expired on Tuesday.

Artist Kristen Visbal hopes to work with public agencies to keep the sculpture in the city forever.

“We want to make sure it stays for women, men, our entire global society,” Visbal said. “It is powerful, can be used to teach, to influence and stimulate change, change that encompasses true gender collaborations on an equal footing and all the rewards that collaboration brings.”

Visbal says the “Fearless Girl” is a symbol of equality for all women and girls who defiantly defend their rights.

“We need more women in decision-making. We need to develop a culture that supports the interplay between gender, race and culture. And we need to keep Fearless Girl in place as a reminder of those ideals until until we reach them. She has to stay until we get it right, “Visbal said.

Since the launch of the Fearless Girl campaign in 2017, nearly 1,500 companies have been identified as having no women on their boards, and of these, nearly two-thirds have added a female director, establishing a standard for generations to come.
The statue was originally installed in front of the famous Wall Street charging bull. He was supposed to stay for a week as part of a coup by financial firm State Street Global Advisors. But it quickly became a popular item and has since grown into a permanent installation outside of the New York Stock Exchange.

“It really is the movement of the fearless girl that is so important, which is why we have to keep her. We are not there yet, we have a long way to go,” said Visbal. .

On December 14, the New York Monument Preservation Commission will hold a public hearing on whether to extend the permit for the statue.

The commission will then issue an advisory report which will be examined by the City’s Public Planning Commission, which will make the final decision.

State Street Global Advisors now hopes to renew the license for at least three years, but the company is pushing for a decade.

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