How 6-Year-Old Girl Made ‘Fearless Girl’ Statue Wheelchair Accessible

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BY: AVINASH RAMSADEEN

The famous “Fearless Girl” has moved from staring down Wall Street’s “Charging Bull” to staring down the New York Stock Exchange. The move is thanks, in part, to a six-year-old girl named Harper Oates.

Oates was born with a spinal cord injury and is now dependent on a 400-pound wheelchair for mobility. She was on a trip to New York City with her mother when she visited the statue and was unable to take a photo side-by-side with the now-iconic sculpture because it was on a raised sidewalk. Harper and Dawn had to settle for a photo behind the statue.

After she and her daughter left the “Fearless Girl” statue disappointed, they decided to fight for change and to raise awareness. So they organized a marathon rally from Boston to New York City. Thirty six runners took part of the race to call attention to some of the struggles those with handicaps face.

Talking to RADIO.COM from the new location, Dawn pointed out that despite her daughter’s age and disability she was able to inspire change.

“You know the saying ‘if you think you’re too small to make a difference try being in bed with a mosquito?’ Well, Harper Oates was the mosquito that helped to get ‘The Fearless Girl,’ an international symbol of equity and inclusion, relocated to a location that is now accessible to people of all abilities all around the world,” she said.

Dawn is the founder and president of “The Play Brigade,” an organization that aims to make playgrounds and public spaces wheelchair accessible.