Laurence D. Fink

The Fearless Girl statue turns one. Here's what she's inspired.

When the Fearless Girl statue turns one this week, she'll have inspired more than legions of selfies with tourists and controversies over a corporation's role in public art. The investment firm behind her says that since it placed the defiant bronze little girl in New York's financial district under the cover of night last year, it has pushed more than 150 companies to add women to their previously all-male boards.

State Street Global Advisers, the investment firm behind the Fearless Girl statue, is expected to announce Wednesday that of the 787 all-male boards in the United States, Britain and Australia that it identified and then pressured to add women, 152 did so. Another 34 said...