A book of New Zealand women 'firsts': First New Zealander to win a Booker Prize; first to sing on an all-New Zealand-made pop record (Pixie Williams, Blue Smoke); first to win the Grand Prix at Cannes Film Festival, Jane Campion. All the women in this book heard a little crack in the glass ceiling. Singer Dinah Lee, who was the first woman to have a hit record overseas, provided the title. 'The girl singer was just a fill-in. But I changed all that. All of a sudden I was going out on my own tours.'