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Do We Really Teach Fearlessness?

June 29, 2018


"She was powerful, not because she wasn't scared but because she went on so strongly, despite the fear."


~ Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird 


​​Even with the countless famous and classic tourist attractions in New York City, there’s one spot, in the middle of a busy intersection that’s so crowded you can’t even see what the fuss is all about until you work your way in. 


And that’s the statue of Fearless Girl, and the charging bull she’s standing up to.


Why would swarms of tourists put up with snow or the blazing sun, traffic, crowds, and construction just to look at a relatively new statue that’s barely four feet tall?


Clearly, Fearless Girl is fulfilling a great need. And for many, she has become a role model.


But here’s the thing. We honestly have trouble believing that “Fearless Girl” is actually fearless. Brave? Yes. Assertive? Absolutely. (We'd be really happy if her name were changed to "Assertive Girl.")



Of course she’s scared. Who wouldn’t be afraid of a raging bull charging towards them?


And think ab