The Real Fearless Girl

The “Fearless” Girl that stands in front of the bull on Wall Street should be called the “Foolish” Girl. Standing in front of a bull is not a good idea for anyone. If the little girl’s mom saw her, she would grab her by the hand and warn her of the dangers of standing in front of a bull, instead of posing for a picture with her like Elizabeth Warren recently did. (I would think a person with future presidential aspirations would have better sense.)

Although, I suppose in a world where common sense is not so common, “fearless” girl makes sense. And, yes, I know it is supposed to be a symbol of female empowerment, but please couldn’t we chose a better example? How about a female who accomplished something, rather than a little girl doing something senseless?

The statue I have in mind is of Sybil Ludington, and it is also located in New York. No, not New York City… Carmel, New York. This statue is of a young female riding a horse. She is in full control of a large creature, not attempting to stare one down. The young lady on horseback is on a mission. She is not pointlessly standing in front of a wild animal to show she is brave.

The plaque beneath the statue of the girl on the horse reads:

“Sybil Ludington-Revolutionary War Heroine, April 26, 1777. Called out the volunteer militia by riding through the night, alone, on horseback, at the age of 16, alerting the countryside to the burning of Danbury, Conn. By the British.”

Sybil was the oldest of 12 children, and played an active role in caring for her siblings. Her father was New York Colonel Henry Ludington, who later became an aid to George Washington. The Ludingtons lived in an area the British often used as a route. The mission on the night of Sybil’s 40 mile ride (twice as long as Paul Revere’s ride) through rugged terrain, was to get the militia men who were on furlough to her father’s house because the British had entered Danbury, Connecticut and were taking supplies, military stores and ransacking the town.

The Ludingtons lived just across the state line from Danbury, in New York, and that night a messenger had come to tell Colonel Ludington about the British rampage in Danbury. The messenger could continue no longer, so Sybil took on the task.

She rode all night, and was able to get 400 militia men back to her father’s command post. They could not stop the attack  in Danbury, but they were able to catch up with the retreating British and beat them back.

Sixteen year old Sybil took on danger for a purpose. She knew she had the skills for the assignment and was truly a fearless girl. She should be recognized as the Real Fearless Girl.

Diana Erbio is a freelance writer and author of “Coming to America: A Girl Struggles to Find her Way in a New World”. Read her new blog series “Statues: The People They Salute” and visit the Facebook Page.

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Terry Jeanette

I enjoyed this article. I had forgotten about Sybil Ludington’s contribution to the defense of her country. That new statue in NYC represents defiance to me and I really don’t see the point of it. I think it’s nothing but sad that our Confederate war memorials are being dismantled while our culture replaces them with meaningless images like the Foolish girl.

Bob L.

Since there is an effort being proposed to put a member of the gentler sex on our paper money, I would add this young lady to my earlier personal choice, Dolly Madison as candidates. Both showed great courage during the time of war.


Leave it to Pocahontas to prove, once again how brave she and her Left – wing cadre of bomb-throwers truly are. Yep, she brave. Like her sisters in arms, Jill Stein and Linda Sarsour, oh, and Leslie Judd and Madonna.

Diana Erbio

If you enjoyed this piece you may enjoy my blog series “Statues: The People They Salute”. Currently I am focusing on the statues in the National Statuary Hall in the US Capitol, where there are two statues from each state. Those statues are the backdrop for many news interviews with our representatives lately and you may be curious about these statues, as I was :-) Click on the link in my byline at the end of this article and check out the blog series and the Facebook page.


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I would love to see Hillary on that horse.


Forty miles side-saddle?


Thank you for reminding us of the courage and accomplishment of Sybil Ludvington. However, the bull on Broadway represents Wall St and the financial industry. The girl is standing unafraid of that male dominated industry not against raging bull, just as the statue of Sybil is not representative of her control of a wild horse.