Glorieta de las Mujeres Que Lucha



Glorieta de las Mujeres Que Lucha




Monumento a Cristóbal Colón, Av. Paseo de la Reforma 96, Tabacalera, Cuauhtémoc, 06600 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

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Photographers: AP and B.jars 


The "Glorieta de las mujeres que luchan" ("Women Who Fight Roundabout") anti-monument portrays a purple piece of metal on the top of a pedestal. The piece of metal depicts the silhouette of a woman who has her left arm raised. Behind her, is a stand with the word "Justicia" carved on it.

At the bottom of the pedestal is a metal barrier with wood placed around it. Painted on the wood in various colors are slogans of the feminist movement and names of the victims of gender violence in Mexico. At the front of the anti-monument "Glorieta de las Mujeres Que Lucha" is painted in yellow and white.


In October 2020, activists in Mexico decided to remove a statue of Christopher Columbus that had been placed on the avenue Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City in 1877 when Antonio Escandón commissioned it. The monument which was dedicated to Christopher Columbus portrayed Christopher Columbus lifting a veil from a globe to "reveal" the Americas. 

The government announced in September 2021 that there were plans to replace the Christopher Columbus statue with a statue of an indigenous woman's head that was inspired by the statues of the Mesoamerican Olmec Civilisation. The artist commissioned for the project was Pedro Reyes.

Feminists quickly condemned the statue design proposed by the government because they expressed that a white male artist was not the best person for the job and the design portrayed “a racialized figure with features of beauty accepted by the Western hegemonic and patriarchal perspective.

Therefore, on September 25, 2021, feminists placed the purple metal statue of the woman on the pedestal. It has become an anti-monument titled "Glorieta de las Mujeres Que Luchan." The roundabout area has become a site for people to gather to draw attention to the femicide that has been taking place in Mexico.

In early August 2022, the Mexico City Mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, announced that the anti-monument will be replaced with a replica of a pre-Hispanic sculpture of an indigenous woman titled The Young Woman of Amajac. Sheinbaum stated that the Glorieta de las Mujeres Que Luchan will be moved to a different location in the city.

The decision to move the Glorieta de las Mujeres Que Luchan and replace it with The Young Woman of Amajac has greatly upset feminists in Mexico. They state that they strictly oppose the decision. An Antimonumenta member, Marcela, expresses that “Replacing the anti-monument with the Amajac statue is the government’s way of fulfilling a political quota. They speak of indigenous women, of inclusion, they have a political agenda they must stick to, but there’s no real inclusion.”


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Photographers: AP and B.jars