A Tribute to the Original Fearless Girl
October 12 2020·
October 12 2020·
For 28 years, the most powerful symbol in New York was a bronze bull pawing the cobblestones of Broadway near Wall Street. But on International Women’s Day in 2017, New York discovered a new heroine: a small but fierce girl defiantly staring down that bull.
With her hands on her hips and a raised chin, Fearless Girl, a bronze statue created by Kristen Visbal, is confident and courageous. Just 4 feet tall, she’s no competition to the Wall Street bull in terms of size, but her spirit gives her strength to persevere.
Fearless Girl inspires women all over the world to stand with her, facing down power in search of equality and justice for all.
This past September, Fearless Girl became an even more potent symbol, when she proudly wore an iconic accessory: a lace collar inspired by the original Fearless Girl: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on September 18, 2020 at the age of 87 after a life tirelessly fighting for equality for everyone.
Although Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the most prominent member of the Supreme Court of the United States and one of the most respected women in the world, she faced discrimination in college, law school, and her work life.
When she began her legal career, women and men were treated differently under the law. Hundreds of state and federal laws restricted what women could do, barring them from jobs, rights and even from jury service.
Even before she became a judge, Ginsburg helped to change that, co-founding the Women's Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU participated in more than 300 gender discrimination cases by 1974. Ginsburg argued six gender discrimination cases before the Supreme Court in the 1970s, winning five.
“Women belong in all places that decisions are made,” Ginsburg said.
On the Supreme Court, Ginsburg became famous as an advocate for advancing women's rights. "I was a law school teacher, and that's how I regard my role here with my colleagues who haven't had the experience of growing up female and don't fully appreciate the arbitrary barriers that have been put in women's way,” she said.
She was an unlikely rebel, a small shy woman, whose soft voice and large glasses hid an intellect and attitude that was tough and uncompromising. Though she might have looked tiny and frail, her workout routine was legendary. She rode horses well into her 70s and even went parasailing. She was fearless in everything she did.
At Girl Up Collection, we are dedicated to celebrating that fearless spirit. Every day we are working to advance gender equality and leadership development worldwide by supporting the Girl Up initiative of the United Nations Foundation. Like Justice Ginsburg, we believe when girls rise, we all rise.
Our Fearless Girl collection pays tribute to fearless girls and the confident women they become all over the world. We hope wearing it makes you feel invincible enough to overcome any obstacle. And you’ll be sharing your strength with girls around the world: 5% of your purchase goes to fund Girl Up programs that empower girls to become the leaders of our future. If you would like to learn more about our mission, visit our About the Collection page.
As Justice Ginsburg said: “Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.”
Justice Ginsburg may be gone, but her legacy lives on: both in the law and in the minds and hearts of the Fearless Girls and women who follow in her footsteps.