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New York's Fearless Girl statue to stay on till March 2018

A statue of a girl facing the Wall St. Bull is seen, as part of a campaign by a US fund manager State Street to push companies to put women on their boards, in the financial district in New York Image copyright Reuters
Image caption The statue is part of a campaign to encourage companies to act against gender inequality

The globally popular statue of a young girl staring down Wall Street's iconic bull will stay in place until next March, New York's mayor has said.

Bill de Blasio said the relevant municipal agencies had backed the idea.

The bronze Fearless Girl statue was placed on 8 March to draw attention to gender inequality and the pay gap in the corporate world.

The statue - which has become an instant tourist draw - had been due to be removed on Sunday.

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Image caption Mayor Bill de Blasio said the statue was "standing up to fear, standing up to power"
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Image caption Fearless Girl is very popular with New Yorkers as well as tourists

Appearing next to the 4ft-tall (1.21m) statue in Manhattan on Monday, Mr de Blazio said it "means so much to the people of New York".

The statue was "standing up to fear, standing up to power, being able to find in yourself the strength to do what's right", he added.

"She is inspiring everyone at a moment when we need inspiration."

The work, by artist Kristen Visbal, was commissioned by asset managers State Street Global Advisors (SSGA).

The company said the girl represented the future.

It added that one in four of the 3,000 largest traded US companies did not have even one woman on their board.

Wall Street's Charging Bull statue was originally guerrilla art by Italian-born artist Arturo Di Modica.

Installed in 1989, the bronze sculpture was meant to represent the "strength and power of the American people" in response to the market crash in 1987.

But it become a popular attraction and was allowed to stay.

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