Since its installation in March 2017, Fearless Girl has been embraced by New Yorkers and tourists alike as a symbol of defiant feminism. It was initially supposed to remain installed for just a few days, but public affection prompted the city to extend the permit for a year. In a letter to De Blasio, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James appealed for the extension, writing, “Fearless Girl stands as a powerful beacon, showing women—young and old—that no dream is too big and no ceiling is too high.”