Money talks. And not just at the cash register. Very often imagery or symbols related to money convey powerful messages about social, political, and economic issues. Let’s review six powerful money images — and what they really mean.
1. Fearless Girl
A major player in the index fund world, investment firm State Street is no stranger to the issues surrounding corporate America. One particular issue that State Street deemed as critical is the need for more gender diversity in the finance sector, particularly the need for more women sitting at company boards. To raise attention to this issue, the company installed a bronze statue of a fearless girl facing the Wall Street bull statue in the financial district on March 7, 2017.
Created by artist Kristen Visbal, Fearless Girl has become such an inspiring piece of artwork that thousands of individuals are requesting New York city officials allow the statue to be on permanent display.
2. Charging Bull
While the Wall Street bull statue may be getting a bad rap as an image of status quo and unchecked power nowadays, it wasn’t always like that. Originally installed in 1987, the bronze bull, with its head lowered as it’s ready to charge, is a symbol of aggressive financial optimism and prosperity. From day one, the 11-foot and 7,100-pound bronze bull became a popular attraction as it gave a sense of hope to institutional and individual investors during the 1987 stock market crash.
3. Harriet Tubman on the new $20 bill
For a couple of years, the U.S. Treasury debated on whether or not to replace the face of Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill with that of a prominent American woman. The public weighed in very passionately about the decision and, in the end, Hamilton will stay and abolitionist Harriet Tubman will become the new face of the $20 bill (sending Andrew Jackson to the back of the same banknote) in 2020. This is a major change because Tubman will become both the first woman and the first African American to grace the front…