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$5 Million Settlement: Firm That Funded the Fearless Girl Statue Paid Female Employees Less Than Males

The symbolism of the “Fearless Girl” statue may hold true, but some of the details of how it was funded are now being called into question. The State Street Corporation funded the statue of the little girl taking on a charging bull, in the Wall Street area of Manhattan, and now they’ve come under fire. State Street was audited by the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance, and was found to have paid their female employees less than their male ones. They are settling the audit to the tune of $5 million. Even liberal icon Mika Brzezinski pointed out the irony: “The firm which officially denies the claims funded the statue earlier this year to promote gender equality.”