Fearless Girl is a bronze sculpture by Kristen Visbal, commissioned by State Street Global Advisors via McCann New York. She was installed in March 2017. The statue depicts a girl facing the Charging Bull, or Wall Street bull as he is otherwise known. With hands on hips and feet planted firmly on the ground, Fearless Girl portrays bravery in the face of adversity. The sculpture was installed in anticipation of International Women’s Day. Since her installation, Fearless Girl has caused quite a stir with locals and tourists. You can find Fearless Girl and the Charging Bull in front of the NY stock market exchange.
I have not personally visited Fearless Girl but next time I get back to New York to visit family I will make it my business to snap a photo. But ever since I saw a photo of the statue, I can’t stop thinking about this brave girl. So I started a children’s picture book. You will notice how I slipped my profession into the story, seamlessly, I hope.
FEARLESS GIRL (a picture book in process)
Feet planted firmly on the ground, chin held high, chest forward, hands behind her back, clenched in tight fists, Luiza was unmovable. With her fierce stance and flaming brown eyes, she was unbreachable.
Not today, her body screamed.
Louder it yelled. You will not charge at me. For today, it is me who is in charge.
Then Luiza woke up covered in sweat. Blankets and sheets all in a tumble.
“Fighting the bull again?” asked her mother as she shook out her daughter’s comforter.
“He didn’t get me. I was too brave for him,” said Luiza, a nine-year old fourth grader.
“Such a sweet dream,” said her mother.
Luiza followed her mother into the kitchen where she was met by her sister and father, who were sitting at the table eating eggs rancheros.
“If you only practiced more, your dreams would come true,” said Rosa, her older sister as she sprinkled salt onto slices of avocados.
“I, I, I c-c-c can’t help it,’ said Luiza. “as soon as I wake up, the b-b bull grabs me by my t-t-t tongue.”
“Then don’t let him do it,” said Papa. He sipped a large cup of black coffee.
“Her speech therapist said she’s been using her smooth speech strategies in speech class,” said her mother.
Luiza paced around the kitchen, opening drawers and closet doors. Her father took notice of her agitation. “I think it’s time we showed her how to take the bull by the horns,” he said.
That’s all for now. Perhaps you’ll find a finished version one day. Or maybe you want to write your own story. Either way, I hope you continue to read more about the way women can become empowered. One statue at a time!