This book is a series of profiles of outstanding New Zealand women of the land. There are around 20 of them. In the past few decades there's been a social revolution on New Zealand farms as farming women throw off their traditional roles as cooks, wives and domestic providers, and join the men in working on the land. Author Rachel Goodchild even goes so far as to suggest that today's rural living has ignited the pioneer spirit among rural women. As she says, 'forget about the scones fresh from the oven.'