On Women's Day, defiant girl statue stares down Wall Street bull
Los Angeles : On Women’s Day, a new defiant statue of a little girl was placed opposite the raging bull in front of Wall Street firm on Tuesday.
The statue was placed by Anne McNally to draw attention to their role of women in the workplace.
According to McNally, whose firm is an investment management subsidiary of State Street Corp (STT.N), “A lot of people talk about gender diversity, but we really felt we had to take it to a broader level. The little bronze girl by artist Kristen Visbal was put up in the wee hours of the morning as guerilla art. We're actively pursuing that it stays for a month. If the city decides that it should stay in perpetuity, we're absolutely on board with that."
The grade school-aged girl in front of the massive bull on the eve of International Women's Day is definitely a way to call upon the gender diversity on corporate boards and the pay gap of working women.
Promoting the day and cause, several American women are planning to stay home from work while others were asked to not miss a day of work especially in female-owned businesses.
As per reports, one out of four of the companies that make up the Russell 3000 Index still have no female representation on their boards.
State Street Global Advisors CEO Ron O'Hanley’s statement read: "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."
The firm says that it discussed the statue with the city beforehand so that it could remain at least temporarily, may be a month.
Notably, the standing bull, sculpted by Italian-born artist Arturo Di Modica, was initially taken down after he quietly placed it in front of the New York Stock Exchange in December 1989, but it was later given a permanent home there.