Women of Steel 7 statues Twitter users think are better than ones toppled

‘Women of Steel’: 7 statues that Twitter users think are definitely better than the ones being toppled

Women of Steel statue in England

Geograph / Neil Theasby

Anti-racism protests sweeping across the U.S. and the world have uncovered yet another problematic trend — people with horrible reputations honored with statues.

As tensions bubbled over, protestors spray painted, set on fire, and toppled a statue of colonizer Christopher Columbus in Richmond, Virginia. Another one of founding father Thomas Jefferson, who enslaved more than 600 people, came crashing down in Portland, Oregon, too.

A monument of Juan de Oñate, a colonial governor exiled from New Mexico over cruel treatment of Native Americans, was removed after a tense scene in Albuquerque.

Historian James Barr took to Twitter to ask:

Twitterati had some interesting answers.

1. Statue of Liberty, New York

A helicopter flying over the statue of liberty


A popular choice was clearly the quintessential American symbol that represents freedom, democracy, and justice: the Statue of Liberty in New York.

Her tiara’s seven spikes represent the Seven Seas and continents. The shackles at her feet show America breaking free from tyranny and picking democracy as its form of government.

The torch stands for enlightenment, and the tablet in her hand is the book of the law — all much-needed reminders.

One Twitter user dropped another fun fact, proving that even Lady Liberty isn’t perfect:

2. Virginia Civil Rights Monument, Virginia

Civil rights monument in Virginia

Flickr / Ron Cogswell

Richmond, Virginia’s Christopher Columbus statue may be a thing of the past. But Americans are proud of Stanley Bleifeld’s 2008 memorial that commemorates protests which helped bring about school desegregation in the state.


3. The Woman with the Handbag, Sweden

Woman with handbag statue

Screenshot / Twitter

Twitterati was also quick to get behind a statue commemorating a housewife, Danuta Danielsson.

A Polish-Swedish woman and the daughter of an Auschwitz survivor, in 1985, Danielsson stepped out of a crowd in the Swedish city of Växjö to whack a neo-Nazi man, Seppo Seluska, with her purse.

She obviously became quite a sensation.

While at it, statues of “invisible” essential workers in São Paulo, Brazil, also got some love.

4. ‘Women of Steel’

Women of Steel statue in England

Geograph / Neil Theasby

No, this has nothing to do with the fictional Supergirl.

This bronze figurine in Sheffield, UK, is dedicated to the real women who kept Sheffield’s steelworks running during both World War I and World War II.

5. Tombili the Cat, Istanbul

Tombili the Cat, Istanbul


The internet’s obsession with cats continued as suggested by all the love that Twitter is pouring over this statue of Tombili, a chubby neighborhood cat in Istanbul’s Ziverbey neighborhood.

After a photo of him reclining on his favorite pavement became a beloved meme in 2016, local authorities decided to honor him with a statue to remember him by.

Canines made the cut too — like these Anton Chekhov’s pups in Moscow and Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s beloved dog, Fala in Washington, D.C.

6. La Mulâtresse Solitude, Guadeloupe

7 statues that Twitter users think are definitely better than the ones being brought down

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A 1999 statue of an enslaved heroine who fought against slavery in Guadeloupe quickly got Twitter’s attention.

In 1802, when Napoleon Bonaparte reinstated slavery in the French colonies, she joined Louis Delgrès, an important figure in the fight against slavery in the French Caribbean, and fought by his side for freedom.

She was imprisoned by the French. And because she was pregnant at the time, she was to be hanged a day after giving birth.

Today, the Solitude symbolizes in the Caribbean collective imagination, all the unknown women and mothers who fought for freedom from slavery and equality.

7. Dignity Statue, South Dakota

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Representing the rich Native American culture of South Dakota, Twitter users thought the 50-foot statue of a Native woman in South Dakota definitely enhanced their surroundings.

The Dignity statue represents the courage, perseverance, and wisdom of the Lakota and Dakota culture.

The sculptor, Dale Lamphere, hoped that the sculpture might serve as a symbol of respect and promise for the future.

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