On International Women’s Day, Wall Street’s iconic charging bull might have met its match.
In a campaign to increase workplace diversity, one firm recently placed a bronze statue titled, “Fearless Girl” in front of the bull, staring the animal down.
Placing the diminutive, grade-school-aged girl in front of the massive bull on the eve of International Women’s Day was a way of calling attention to the lack of gender diversity on corporate boards and the pay gap of women working in financial services, a spokeswoman for State Street Global Advisors said.
“A lot of people talk about gender diversity, but we really felt we had to take it to a broader level,” said Anne McNally, whose firm is an investment management subsidiary o f State Street Corp.
State Street Global Advisors’ chief executive Ron O’Hanley said in a statement:
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.