Image courtesy of SSGA
The iconic Wall Street bull that’s poised mid-charge in Bowling Green Park has just found itself a formidable opponent: a bronze statue of a fearless, matador-postured little girl. The bull, originally conceived by Italian-American artist Arturo de Modica, is now joined by the defiant bronze girl, commissioned by State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), a money management firm that handles more than $2.5 trillion worth of funds for clients, in honour of International Women’s Day.
Calling for gender parity on company boards, SSGA announced they would be pressuring major companies – who collectively value a staggering $30 trillion – into reconsidering their men-heavy boards. The statue was accompanied by a strong statement, honouring International Women’s Day to call into view the disparity of female representation in major firms.
“Today, we are calling on companies to take concrete steps to increase gender diversity on their boards and have issued clear guidance to help them begin to take action,” said CEO of SSGA, Ron O’Hanley in the issued statement.
The brave statue is expected to stay for a month, with tourists already flocking to capture it on film.
“One of the most iconic images on Wall Street is the charging bull,” Lori Heinel, the firm’s deputy global chief investment officer, explained of the statue. “The idea of having a female sort of stand against the bull, or stand up to the bull, just struck us as a very clever but also creative and engaging way to make that statement. Even though it’s a little girl, her stance is one of determination, forwardness and being willing to challenge and take on the status quo.”