Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia is one of the stories you need to know.
Meri and her fellow Maori Suffragists had different dreams and aspirations from Kate Sheppard and her Pākehā supporters. Many Māori women were accustomed to having decision-making power over men, whereas Pākehā women had long endured patriarchal domination. Read the summary of the points she was trying to make about women and ownership of land here . So while Kate Sheppard was very keen on New Zealand women gaining the vote, Meri and her colleagues (people like the awesome Niniwa i te Rangi) were raising bigger concerns. They already owned land and made decisions about their assets - what Maori Suffragists wanted to address was the pakeha laws that didn't see a future for women where that was possible.
But often the rebels, the innovators, the champions are right in front of us.
In your own family and your own community you have women who have changed your life for the better. Who have stood up, worked hard, changed the world and made important decisions that made your life what it is today. Yes it is important to know the iconic stories of New Zealand women but it is also important to celebrate the female icons in your own life.
So we have two groups of icons to think about...the big heroes who changed the whole world with their thoughts and actions as well as the heroines of your own family's life and that of your own community. These icons are the women who changed your world.