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The 'Fearless Girl' statue will stay on Wall Street for another year

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The "Fearless Girl" statue installed on Wall Street across from the iconic bull will stay past its original permit through February 2018.

"The Fearless Girl has fueled powerful conversations about women in leadership and inspired so many," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.

Activists had pushed for the Kristen Visbal statue, originally set to stay up for a week, to become a permanent fixture. The statue and its placement were intended to draw attention to the gender gap in business leadership.

On the day the sculpture was installed, a group of kids gathered around it to sing.

She'll be asserting herself and affirming her strength even after her temporary permit expires -- A fitting path for a girl who refuses to quit.
Mayor Bill de Blasio

The sculpture has inspired many, but it's not without critics. The creator of the bull statue, Arturo Di Modica, said "Fearless Girl" was "not a symbol. It's an advertising trick." Technically, he's right, since State Street Global Advisors was behind the installation as part of a gender diversity campaign.

Fearless Girl statue (used with permission)
Fearless Girl statue (used with permission)

Gothamist published photos of supporters of President Trump giving the statue a "Make America Great Again" hat, a sign of alt-right symbol Pepe the Frog and pro-Trump signs.

But the young statue still has diehard fans.

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