On Monday morning, New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney announced that the Fearless Girl statue will remain staring down Wall Street’s "Charging Bull" until February 2018.
On the steps of New York’s City Hall, Maloney said, "She’s become an overnight sensation."
But not everybody is delighted at the extension. Some see it as representing "false feminism" because the statue is, after all, an advertisement.
Conflicted about #Fearlessgirl - glad it's inspiring people, but let's not forget what it actually is - advertising.— Casey de Pont (@bklyncd) March 27, 2017
Whhhhyyyyy are we still talking about Fearless Girl, do we really love giving free advertising to i bankers that much?— Lysistrata Alptraum (@LuxAlptraum) March 27, 2017
Definitely agree with the growing sentiment of "false feminism" of the fearless girl statue.— ?? (@AgentZeroNine) March 17, 2017
Commissioned by State Street Global Advisors and conceived by McCann New York, the statue first appeared opposite the bull on International Women’s Day as a symbol that reinforces the firm’s call on clients to increase the number of women on their corporate boards. As soon as the statue was placed, people began gathering support online to keep her where she is.
The extension is not enough for the congresswoman and the other public advocates who joined her at the rally. Public Advocate Tish James said she has more than 51,000 signatures on a petition to make Fearless Girl permanent.
"The importance of empowering women is not temporary," she said at the rally. Maloney was also joined by public advocate Letitia James, statue artist Kristen Visbal and Lynn Blake, EVP of State Street Global Advisors.
Before the rally, Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted about the declaration writing, "She’ll be asserting herself and affirming her strength even after her temporary permit expires."