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Fearless Girl

June 10, 2017

image; New York Times

If you have ever doubted the relevance or power of a civic statue, you have only to look at the strong responses to Fearless Girl in New York. The statue was created to "stand as a reminder that having more women in leadership positions positively contributes to overall performance and strengthens our economy,”

Calls for “Fearless Girl” to become a permanent part of the financial district began almost immediately after it appeared, including an online petition that had garnered more than 28,000 signatures in a matter of days. Those calls continued after the decision to extend the statue’s stay for one year became known, including from the New York City public advocate, Letitia James.

“Fearless Girl is a powerful symbol to women young and old,” Ms. James wrote on Twitter. “Empowering women shouldn’t be temporary — she must be a permanent piece of NYC.”

Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, stood beside the statue ( originally only designed as a temporary installation ) to announce the decision to extend its stay until the next International Women’s Day, on March 8, 2018. He called the statue a symbol of “standing up to fear, standing up to power, being able to find in yourself the strength to do what’s right.”

Mr. de Blasio said the presidency of Donald J. Trump and the nationwide women’s rights marches the day after his inauguration had given the statue a special power. “Right after that, this miraculous girl appears and creates such a powerful sensation because she spoke to the moment,” the mayor said. “That sense that women were not going to live in fear, that women were going to teach their daughters and all the women in their lives to believe in themselves.”

image; New York Times

“Sometimes, a symbol helps us become whole, and I think the ‘Fearless Girl’ is having that same effect,” he added. “She is inspiring everyone at a moment when we need inspiration.”

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www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39414780

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