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The statue of a defiant girl in front of the Wall Street bull is now wearing a series of 'pussy hats'

(A woman places a “pussy hat” and a red scarf on a statue of a fearless girl facing the Wall Street bull.Mark Lennihan/AP)
In honor of International Women’s Day, people are placing pink, floppy “pussy hats” atop the head of the newly installed statue of a defiant little girl facing off against Wall Street’s “Charging Bull.”

On March 7, the world’s third-largest asset manager, State Street Global Advisors, placed the statue in downtown Manhattan as part of its new campaign to pressure companies to add more women to their boards. The 50-inch bronze statue stands with hands on hips, eyes locked on the iconic bull.

A day later, women gathered for marches and protests around the world in celebration of International Women’s Day. In the morning, crowds gathered around the fearless girl statue and placed their pussy hats — a symbol of solidarity that first popped up during the Women’s March in January — on her head.

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The pussy hat became the unofficial feminist uniform when millions marched to advocate for gender equality on President Donald Trump’s first full day in office.

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The goal of International Women’s Day is to raise awareness about civil liberties, reproductive rights, workplace discrimination, and economic inequality — and push for change.

The statue of the girl is emblematic of that mission. State Street told Business Insider’s Rachael Levy that the statue aims to draw attention to the need for gender diversity in the workplace.

“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," Lori Heinel, State Street’s deputy global chief investment officer, 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.”

On the morning of March 8, women crowded the statue to take selfies with it.

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And sixth grade students from the local Blue School drew illustrations of the statue.

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9/11: Then and now – 15 years later

Each August and September, as summer fades into fall, Yahoo News photographer Gordon Donovan finds himself in a familiar spot — snapping images in the area where the 9/11 terrorist attacks took place 15 years ago.

“I do it because I love the city, the history of the city and how we’re not going to be put down,” explained Donovan, who was born and raised on Staten Island and watched the twin towers being built from across the harbor.

But his photos aren’t random shots of the evolving downtown landscape. He returns to document the exact scenes of many memorable images taken by photojournalists that tragic day in 2001.

“It’s fascinating to see how it has changed over the years, because it was just this big pile of rubble the first time I went down there about a week afterward,” said Donovan, then a graphic artist at CBS News, who was at work on the Upper West Side the morning of the attack.

Today there’s a museum honoring the nearly 3,000 people killed, a recently opened transportation hub and other signs of development yet to come.

“Now you can’t even recognize what happened,” Donovan said. “It’s beautiful what they’ve done down there. It’s just revitalized the whole area after such tragedy and put it back to life.”

Donovan’s then-and-now project, he said, is also a testament to the city’s strength and an opportunity to share the changes with New Yorkers who may have moved away over the past 15 years.

He said his project also honors the photojournalists who took the original images on 9/11. “These people risked their lives,” Donovan said. “It’s still home for them.” (Yahoo News)

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''Fearless Girl' really shook something loose': Why people are still talking about the Wall Street statue from a $2.5 trillion fund manager

(People stop to photograph the “Fearless Girl” statue, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in New York.Mark Lennihan/AP)
In March, asset manager State Street — and advertising agency McCann New York — put a bronze statue of a defiant girl in front of Wall Street’s iconic charging bull statue.

On Monday, Fearless Girl swept the Cannes Lions, picking up the Grand Prix in the Glass, PR and Outdoor Lions categories at advertising’s biggest annual festival. 

The sculpture, created by artist Kristen Visbal, was a way for State Street to call attention to the lack of gender diversity in boardrooms —  and of course, to itself. But even State Street couldn’t have predicted how big a viral sensation it became. Installed on the eve of International Women’s Day, the bronze statue was soon trending on social media and was quickly hailed as a symbol of female empowerment.

We asked five female advertising execs to weigh in on what made Fearless Girl much more than a marketing gimmick, resonating with millions across the globe:

Wendy Clark, CEO, DDB North America and the Cannes Glass Lions jury president 

Beyond its massive scale, reach and impact, as a jury we came to understand that indeed every woman could see herself and moments of defiance and bravery in her own journey in that little girl. And, at the same time, Fearless Girl represents our highest hopes and ambitions for the potential of all little girls the world over.

Devika Bulchandani, managing director, McCann New York

Fearless Girl is brave and vulnerable, defiant and peaceful all at the same time — qualities that make her magnetic to anyone and everyone. She has the innocence and vulnerability of a young girl, but her attitude and stance signal an inner spirit that says “I will not be denied.” In an era where women are marching, she communicates her fearlessness peacefully — by standing firm and standing still.

Jamie Gutfreund, global CMO, Wunderman

State Street literally put their money where their mouth is. This is not just them “talking” about a press worthy topic — Fearless Girl represents action. State Street can vote the shares they own against the company’s existing board of directors, so when they say “add more women to your board,” they actually mean it. 

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Elisa Silva, SVP and director of client services, SS+K 

The best ideas make us feel something deep in our bones, and Fearless Girl really shook something loose in people. Everyone had an opinion and got involved in the dialog (and the retaliation, in some cases) — native New Yorkers, artists around the world, tourists, cab drivers, people in the middle of America and people on the coasts. The statue did far more than it was intended to do, by sparking joy, outrage, and spirited debate that extended well beyond gender inequality. 

Laura Maness, CEO, Havas New York

This is exemplary of a modern CMO that isn’t afraid to challenge convention. I admire Stephen Tisdalle, CMO of State Street Global Advisors, for finding new and brave ways to deliver an experience that celebrates the power of women in leadership. 

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