a defiant stance

I thought statues were a thing of the past. But this shows a commentary on a current issue.

“What this girl represents is the present, but also the future,” Mr. Tisdalle said in an interview, adding that the firm was open to making the statue a permanent fixture. “She’s not angry at the bull — she’s confident, she knows what she’s capable of, and she’s wanting the bull to take note.”

He added, “We thought this was the most tasteful, respectful and effective way for us and others to participate in the national dialogue around International Women’s Day,” on Wednesday.

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For State Street, the statue was a way to draw attention to the problem. Currently, nearly a quarter of boards represented in the Russell 3000 have no women at all, Heinel said, citing Institutional Shareholder Services data.

"One of the most iconic images on Wall Street is the charging bull. So 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," Heinel said. "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."

The sculpture was created by artist Kristen Visbal. You can read more about her in this Wall Street Journal profile.

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