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‘Fearless Girl’ statue stares down bronze Wall Street bull

The "Fearless Girl" statue faces Wall Street's charging bull statue, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in New York. The statue was installed by investment firm State Street Global Advisors to highlight efforts to get more women on corporate boards. An inscription at the base reads, "Know the power of women in leadership. She makes a difference." (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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The "Fearless Girl" statue faced Wall Street's charging bull statue.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

People photographed the "Fearless Girl" statue. She makes a difference."
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People photographed the "Fearless Girl" statue. She makes a difference."

epa05835044 People are seen around a sculpture titled 'The Fearless Girl' by artist Kristen Visbal which was installed overnight facing the famous sculpture of the charging bull in Lower Manhattan by State Street Global Advisors to promote the idea of women in leadership positions in New York, New York, USA, 07 March 2017. EPA/JUSTIN LANE
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The “The Fearless Girl” sculpture by artist Kristen Visbal.

A woman places a red scarf on a statue of a fearless girl facing the Wall Street bull, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in New York. The statue was installed by an investment firm in honor of International Women's Day. An inscription at the base reads, "Know the power of women in leadership. She makes a difference. State Street Global Advisors." (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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A woman placed a red scarf on a statue.

“The Fearless Girl” faced the Wall Street bull.
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“The Fearless Girl” faced the Wall Street bull.

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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 aimee.ortiz@globe.com. Follow her on twitter @aimee_ortiz.