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Charging Bull and Fearless Girl: Conflict between Artists’ Rights and First Amendment Freedoms

When Kristen Visbel’s “Fearless Girl” was installed at Bowling Green in Manhattan’s Financial District in March of 2017, the statue was hailed by many as an iconic representation of female empowerment. Placed in the path of Wall Street’s famous “Charging Bull,” “Fearless Girl” stares down the massive animal with shoulders back and pigtails flying. Now, more than a year after her installation, “Fearless Girl” continues to draw crowds of tourists, and may soon be moved —along with her charging nemesis—to a location more suited to her flocks of admirers. As with many works of public art, it wasn