The controversial display of the “Fearless Girl “sculpture in lower Manhattan epitomises the ongoing gender conflicts between men and women. Created by Kristen Visbal, the girl was placed opposite a fierce and raging bull, another sculpture erected in the financial district back in 1989. Celebrating International Women’s Day, she represents the power of women in leadership and a call for women to in places of influence and authority.
The “Fearless Girl” tells women that no dream is too low and no calling too high. Her indignant stance depicts the grit and determination a woman needs to be successful, and the belief that she can do anything. She stands facing the raging bull representing men, power and financial resilience, wanting to make a difference.
Men and women were meant to complement, and not compete with, one another.
We know that not every woman will make it to the corporate board rooms of the nation but at least it is an inspiration for young women to recognise their worth and work towards their own desires and potential.
I believe that a woman generally needs grit and determination to succeed in her educational goals and to compete with men in the marketplace. Many women have not recognized who they are, and who they were meant to be. Generally speaking, women have underestimated their ability to change our world. Women have been victims and have worn robes of false identity, believing they were powerless. Many have shed these garments, but in so doing must be careful to not fling them on men.
Men and women were meant to complement, and not compete with, one another. This takes mutual respect, honour and acceptance. When a man seeks to assert superiority and false authority, a woman becomes rebellious or resentful, finding it difficult to respect and honour him. When we follow the original plan for man and woman, together in the context of love and relationship, equality is truly possible.
Harmony and balance would surely be restored if we could return to our Creator’s values and perspectives in the way he desires. We were stamped in his image and we are an expression of who he is both male and female. Even though it may look different from place to place, or culture to culture, the principle of divine order has remained unchanged. This order is part of a chronological sequence of creation and refers to the acceptance of the God given role of another.