Move over bronze bull, there’s a new statue drawing attention on Wall Street in time for International Women’s Day.
On Tuesday, New Yorkers and tourists in lower Manhattan found themselves staring at a bronze little girl, with hands on her hips, staring down her famed Bovine counterpart.
Installed by State Street Global Advisors, a branch of Boston-based State Street Corp., the “Fearless Girl” statue was placed in the financial heart of NYC as a call for more women to serve on corporate boards.
The work is by artist Kristen Visbal, a Lewes, Del., artist who has created many bronze sculptures, ranging from sports figures to children and animals.
The girl appears to be staring down the bull. Her head is held high. Her hands are firmly planted on her waist. Her pony-tail looks as if it’s in motion.
A plaque at her feet says: ‘‘Know the power of women in leadership. SHE makes a difference.’’
The new statue faces off the 7,000 pound “Charging Bull,” an 11-foot-tall bronze statue that has been displayed since 1989, according to The New York Times.
Sculptor Arturo Di Modica installed the bull without permits one night near the New York Stock Exchange as a tribute to the country’s recovery from the 1987 stock market crash, the Times reported. It was moved to its current location a few days later.
State Street also announced that it had adopted new guidelines to press 3,500 public companies in which it invests to increase the number of women on their boards.
“We believe good corporate governance is a function of strong, effective and independent board leadership,” Ron O’Hanley, chief executive officer of SSGA, said in a statement.
Here is some reaction on Twitter:
The power of public places: a fearless girl visits the #fearlessgirl statue. Happy #internationalwomensday! pic.twitter.com/aKVXt1MzZb— New Yorkers for Parks (@NY4P) March 8, 2017
Love this. McCann drop a statue of a "Fearless Girl" next to Wall Street's Charging Bull. Hope it becomes permanent. https://t.co/FAOg2UIndD pic.twitter.com/BkySVe3X9Z— Musa Tariq (@MusaTariq) March 7, 2017
A woman strikes a pose in front of a statue titled "Fearless Girl" there to highlight #InternationalWomensDay, March 8, 2017, in New York. pic.twitter.com/fxu1s9qx11— AP Images (@AP_Images) March 8, 2017
THIS is what we need. Tributes of fearless girls on our streets. #IWD2017 https://t.co/4NruZVKW15— Fiona Richardson (@FRichardsonMP) March 8, 2017
Wall Street, meet fearless girl. Fantastic project on an important day. Learn more here: https://t.co/p5D6Q2FsgH https://t.co/p5D6Q2FsgH— Jens Olivarius (@JensOlivarius) March 8, 2017
$2.5 Trillion asset manager @StateStreet erects "Fearless Girl" statue in front of Wall Street Bull #womensday #WomenOnBoards pic.twitter.com/wSYzVdMc2H— Denise Terry (@denisehterry) March 8, 2017
"The Fearless Girl" statue stares down the "Wall St. Bull" in NYC. Make sure she says FOREVER!!! (her permit is one week) #Fearlessgirl pic.twitter.com/LF80PhmECe— Martin Ashwood-Smith (@mashwoodsmith) March 8, 2017
Love this statue of the Fearless Girl facing the Charging Bull on Wall St. Happy International Womens Day #IWD2017 https://t.co/lq3n8HZuMA pic.twitter.com/lSc45lok8R— Marzipan Media (@MarzipanMedia) March 8, 2017
The "Fearless Girl" statue is the kind of statement every empowered and discouraged female alike needs every day. https://t.co/yQO46kM680 pic.twitter.com/4TPEjynvxy— MNGO (@MelQNgo) March 7, 2017
One pretty incredible addition to Wallstreet. I love this so much https://t.co/ZRTOBmDomd #SheMeansBusiness #SheMakesaDifference— Heather Evans (@_HeatherE) March 7, 2017
Fierce. Brave. #BeBoldForChange https://t.co/WgsL2mL9y6— When Women Thrive (@WhenWomenThrive) March 7, 2017
Material from the Associated Press and Bloomberg was used in this report. Beth Healy of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Aimee Ortiz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on twitter @aimee_ortiz.