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'Fearless Girl' Is Now Staring Down Wall Street's Iconic Charging Bull

By Irene Plagianos | March 7, 2017 3:01pm | Updated on March 8, 2017 2:54pm
 The 4-foot tall statue, a temporary piece, is a call for more women leaders in business.
The 4-foot tall statue, a temporary piece, is a call for more women leaders in business.
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Charging Bull, make way for the Fearless Girl.

A 4-foot tall bronze sculpture of a young girl, with her hands firmly on her hips, was installed at about 3 a.m. Tuesday, just a few feet north of the iconic bull sculpture — as though she's staring it down.

The "Fearless Girl" is part of a campaign from State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), one of the world's largest asset managers, to draw attention to the need for more female leaders in business, specifically calling for more women on company boards.

A small plaque at the sculpture's feet reads: “Know the power of women in leadership. SHE makes a difference.”

The statute's installation was timed to coincide with International Women's Day, which is March 8, SSGA said in a statement.

“Wall Street is a traditionally male environment and (the statue) says, ‘Hey, we’re here,’” the artist who made the sculpture, Kristen Visbal, told The Wall Street Journal. “To me, it says a woman can be delicate and petite but strong.

"I see it as a piece that every woman can and should relate to,” she continued. “The bull is symbolic of every issue coming down the pike, that they can stand firm and hold their ground and deal with it.”

The statue will remain at least a week, but may remain longer, according to Adweek.

Here's a look at how the sculpture was made: