Published: Fri, April 07, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

'Fearless Girl' statue opposite bull stays through February

The new statue of a courageous young girl on Wall Street will be staying put until at least next year.

In this March 22, 2017 photo, the Charging Bull and Fearless Girl statues face each other on Lower Broadway in NY.

The group State Street Global Advisors installed the statue to advocate for more women on corporate boards.

"Fearless Girl" was put up in honor of International Women's Day on March 8, and has become a staple destination of the city.

Since she appeared, more than 28,000 people have signed a petition to keep her there.

"T$3 his statue, the Fearless Girl, means so much to the people of New York City - and I'm saying all the people of New York City", said de Blasio, who was accompanied by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.

"Fearless Girl" will be allowed to stay in place for another 11 months through an art program of the city's Department of Transportation that manages lower Broadway near Wall Street. The statue was installed on the eve of International Women's Day this year and its lease was expected to end on April 2. Dubbed the "fearless girl", she made her way across social media and countless headlines, a new symbol of women's rights and gender equality.

"I see men and women as the ying and yang of society", Visbal said. The statue isn't a ideal image of womanhood, but then no single statue could ever be. Bull, as part of a campaign by USA fund manager State Street to push companies to put women on their boards, in the financial district in NY, on March 7.

In the meantime, Fearless Girl refuses to stand down.

The creator of the Manhattan financial district's "Charging Bull" sculpture has no claim under US law against those who put a statue of a girl defiantly standing up to the bull across from it, according to a Columbia University art law professor. In an email to CNNMoney, she said she still plans on fighting to make Fearless Girl permanent.

It added that one in four of the 3,000 largest traded U.S. companies did not have even one woman on their board.

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