The Wall Street crowd faced an imposing statue on their Tuesday morning commute.
No, not the 'Charging Bull,' but a four foot tall bronze statue of a little girl, defiantly facing down the iconic and angry bronze bull.
'Fearless Girl' is an art installation intended to draw attention for the urgent need for more female leaders in business.
Installed at 3 a.m. on Tuesday morning by State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), the timing was intentionally in line with International Women's Day and the International Women's Strike, aimed at calling attention to the inequalities women face in the workplace.
The girl in the sculpture stands her ground, feet planted wide, hands on her hips, ponytail blowing in the wind, with her chest proudly thrust toward her opponent.
The small plaque at her feet reads: "Know the power of women in leadership. SHE makes a difference."
Kristen Visbal, the artist who created the sculpture, told the Wall Street Journal, "Wall Street is a traditionally male environment and (the statue) says, 'Hey, we're here.' To me, it says a woman can be delicate and petite but strong."
She continued to say that the piece represents more than just women in the financial sector, and that, "The bull is symbolic of every issue coming down the pike, that (women) can stand firm and hold their ground and deal with it."
As of right now the statue is expected to remain for about a week, but according to Adweek, the agency is in negotiations with the city to keep it up longer.
We love 'Fearless Girl', and we hope to be seeing much more of her in the future. After all... the future IS female.[Feature Image Courtesy Global News] [via DNA Info]