New York’s Fearless Girl statue to stay on till March 2018

The globally popular statue of a young girl staring down Wall Street’s iconic bull will stay in place until next March, New York’s mayor has said

Bill de Blasio said the relevant municipal agencies had backed the idea.

The bronze Fearless Girl statue was placed on 8 March to draw attention to gender inequality and the pay gap in the corporate world.

The statue – which has become an instant tourist draw – had been due to be removed on Sunday.

Appearing next to the 4ft-tall (1.21m) statue in Manhattan on Monday, Mr de Blazio said it “means so much to the people of New York”.

The statue was “standing up to fear, standing up to power, being able to find in yourself the strength to do what’s right”, he added.

“She is inspiring everyone at a moment when we need inspiration.”

The work, by artist Kristen Visbal, was commissioned by asset managers State Street Global Advisors (SSGA).

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