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NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 27: (L to R) New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and Manhattan Borough President Gail Brewer speak to reporters as they stand next to the ‘Fearless Girl’ statue during a press availability, March 27, 2017 in New York City. De Blasio announced that the popular statue of a young girl staring down the famous Wall Street ‘Charing Bull’ will stay in place until February 2018. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Fearless Girl

The Wall Street Bull is a staple of lower Manhattan. If you go downtown to where all the stock market boys hang out, the bull is waiting for you. So when an artist decided to put Fearless Girl standing across from it, staring down the bull, it was really an inspiration.

She’s depicted as a small girl with her hands on her hips, just looking the bull straight into the eyes. To many, it is probably just a cool image and nothing more but she stands for something so much greater.

When little girls think about Fearless Girl, they can think about how she represents every woman. She is dedicated to herself and looking at the metaphorical patriarchy and tearing it down. Fearless Girl represents every woman fighting for her dreams.

It was a small step towards representation, but it spoke volumes. For years, women let even our statues be primarily male, and so now that this shift is happening, we have something like Fearless Girl to stand up against the statues we’ve created thus far. She isn’t a permanent figure, but at least her message will remain.

We’re not going to just sit back and let the men have all the fun, and that includes cool statues.