New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told the New York Daily News on Sunday that the “Fearless Girl” statue, which stands opposite the famous “Charging Bull” statue in Lower Manhattan near Wall Street, will stay in place until at least February 2018.
“In her short time here, the Fearless Girl has fueled powerful conversations about women in leadership and inspired so many,” de Blasio said, according to the Daily News. “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 originally intended to be a short-term art installation in recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8. Paid for by State Street, a financial services firm, the statue sends a message to Wall Street that publicly traded companies need to include more women on their boards.
Arturo Di Modica, the sculptor behind Charging Bull, has decried the new statue, calling it an “advertising trick” and not art, according to the Daily News.
Nevertheless, the extension for Fearless Girl has come through. This happened in part thanks to Letitia James, the elected Public Advocate for the City of New York, who called Fearless Girl a necessary message in a world where a “huge gender gap” still divides the country.
“It should be permanent. It’s about women’s leadership and the lack of it in the financial world,” said Kate Kearney, 42-year-old New York City resident, to the Daily News. “I have two daughters. Having a young girl standing up to the big bull of Wall Street is awesome. It says, ‘Hey, girls, you can be anything.’”