On International Women’s Day, a male-dominated global investment firm erected a statue of a nine-year-old girl across from the famous “Charging Bull” statue in New York City to draw attention to the lack of gender parity in executive positions on Wall Street.
Let’s check in with State Street Global Advisors, the firm responsible for the statue, to see if they lead by example
Yikes, not a good look State Street Global Advisors. Not a good look.
In light of those numbers, this all seems like a big ole ploy, commodifying movements towards equality for publicity reasons.
And you know what? It worked. It worked really well.
Hundreds of articles flood the internet and well-respected print sources alike, all in praise of the statue. Hell, even Mayor de Blasio made a trip down, announcing that the statue would remain through February of 2018.
Isn’t it great that instead of making sweeping institutional reforms to ensure equity across the hierarchical power structures of a company we can just put up a small statue of a little girl and call it a day? It’s so much more glamorous too. After all, it’s much more fun to perform diversity than to actually strive for it.
Is this action actually challenging the status quo, or is it really just a self-congratulatory pat on the back?
Would that small girl even stand a chance against a raging bull?
Also, your statue is really gonna be of a little girl? Couldn’t drop a statue of a fearless woman?
But then again, would that really make for a cute photo-op?