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To mark International Women’s Day on March 8 Fed Square has become host to an internationally famous symbol of equality and women’s rights: a limited edition reproduction of “FEARLESS GIRL”.
The Fearless Girl – one of four bronze statues, the most famous of which is located opposite the Charging Bull in New York’s Wall Street – will stand in Fed Square for the next three years, and is brought to Melbourne by Maurice Blackburn, Hesta and CBUS.
The Fearless Girl has become a conversation-starter worldwide, and her placement at Fed Square on International Women’s Day is intended to shed light on the local conversation about gender rights and equality.
Once her stay with Fed Square is over, she will be moved to another, as-yet-undecided location.
Fed Square CEO Jonathan Tribe said he is thrilled Fed Square can be the temporary home for the Fearless Girl.
“This iconic and important piece of public art will encourage conversations about equality in the workplace and in broader society – and that is a good thing for everyone,” Mr Tribe said.
“The inclusion of the Fearless Girl in the Square aligns with our commitment to support creativity in all forms of cultural expression. I encourage visitors to stop by and say hello to Melbourne’s Fearless Girl.”
Maurice Blackburn CEO Jacob Varghese said Fearless Girl will serve as a powerful reminder that Australia still has a long way to go in the fight for gender equality.
“We are proud to be bringing Fearless Girl to Australia, globally she has served as an inspiring force for change to deliver equality,” Mr Varghese said.
Cbus CEO David Atkin said he hopes Australia’s boardrooms embrace Fearless Girl’s daring and confident spirit.
“With all eyes on corporate Australia at the moment, it is the perfect time for her voice to be finding a permanent home in Australia,” Mr Atkin said.
Melbourne will become the fourth city to host a Fearless Girl, the others being in New York, Cape Town and Oslo.
The “Fearless Girl” sculpture is a limited edition reproduction of the original “Fearless Girl” sculpture in New York, created by the artist Kristen Visbal. Maurice Blackburn, Hesta and Cbus are not in any way affiliated with, endorsed or licensed by State Street Global Advisors Trust Company, the commissioner of the original “Fearless Girl” sculpture, or State Street Global Advisors Australia or their related entities, in relation to the display of the reproduction of the “Fearless Girl” sculpture.