The Wall St. Bull, the iconic bronze sculpture in the heart of New York’s financial district, is now sharing its turf with another icon – one intended to symbolize the power of women and the quest to bring women into corporate leadership positions.
As part of an International Women’s Day campaign by U.S. fund manager State Street Global Assets, the company unveiled a statue of a fearless girl staring down the iconic bull.
State Street is pushing companies to put women on their corporate boards.
“We wanted to highlight the power of women in leadership. So we made room in the one place business couldn’t ignore,” said Ron O’Hanley, president and chief executive officer of SSGA, in a statement.
“A key contributor to effective independent board leadership is diversity of thought, which requires directors with different skills, backgrounds and expertise.” O’Hanley added. “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.”
— State Street (@StateStreet) March 8, 2017