Many years ago, I had a dream where I was standing in a fenced enclosure with dry, dusty, clay-red dirt below my feet. In the opposite corner a fair distance off stood an angry bull, staring me down and threatening to charge. The threat soon became action, and my own efforts towards any action were futile — I was frozen as a giant bull charged at me. The dream had very quickly turned into a nightmare.
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On March 7, the most recent International Women’s Day, a bronze statue by Kristen Visbal was installed in the Financial District of New York City. The statue, appropriately named “Fearless Girl,” depicts a small girl standing bravely, staring down the Charging Bull statue that has become an icon of Wall Street. The Fearless Girl is a message of support and solidarity for the women who make up a disappointing minority of business leaders. It was a reminder that even the smallest girl could find the strength to face impossible odds, could stand bravely for their cause, and could prove her worth. It was a call to the women and little girls of the world alike that the charging bull that is society is, sadly, not going to stand down and make room for you but instead will keep charging — not at you, but it will not hesitate if you happen to be in its way.