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Fearless Girl Wears Dissent Collar As A Tribute To Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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The Wall Street statue of “Fearless Girl” that stands in front of the Charging Bull in New York, was seen wearing a lace collar, as a tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was a known advocate of equal rights for women and their empowerment. Thus it seems a fitting tribute that the bronze statue that was installed on International Women’s Day in 2017, sports her lace collar (considered a symbol of her dissent, and often called the dissent collar) as a tribute. A photograph of “Fearless Girl” wearing the lace collar was featured in a full page ad in the New York Times, by the very company that had installed the statue.

Ginsburg was famous for her dissent collars that she wore on her robe as a statement that she did not support the majority opinion.  According to the New York Times, her collar was a statement meant, to “unapologetically feminize.” 

Also Read: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Torchbearer Of Gender Equality

The Statue

The “Fearless Girl” statue was designed by Kristen Visbal and commissioned by State Street Global Advisors three years ago. Reportedly, the company already had the Sunday ad space, originally intended for a mask statement. But after the news of Ginsburg’s death, they quickly changed it to pay tribute to her instead. The new ad was created under eight hours, from ideation to approval.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a Supreme Court Justice of the United States. She died on Friday at the age of 87 at her home in Washington. Reportedly she was suffering from metastatic pancreatic cancer. Ginsburg was appointed  in 1993 by former President Bill Clinton. She was the second woman ever to be nominated to the US Supreme Court and the first Jewish woman to serve on that post. 

Also Read: US Supreme Court Justice And Women’s Rights Advocate Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies At 87

Controversies around the “Fearless Girl”

In October 2017, SSGA reportedly had to settle a discrimination claim for $5 million. Close to 305 female employees and 15 Black vice-presidents from the firm alleged they were being paid less than their White male colleagues. Settling the claim, the company said in a statement that ” it is “committed to equal pay practices and evaluates on an ongoing basis our internal processes to be sure our compensation, hiring and promotions programs are nondiscriminatory.”

In April the same year, the sculptor of Charging Bull statue said that he wanted the “Fearless Girl”
removed. Sculptor Arturo Di Modica said that the new statue changed the artistic meaning of his statue and makes it seem “negative”. Read more about it here.

Image Credit: Wiki Commons/ Lori Levin Twitter

Sagrika Giri is an intern with SheThePeople.TV.