Lily May Atkinson was a New Zealand temperance campaigner, suffragist and feminist.
She was born in Auckland, New Zealand on 29 March 1866, the daughter of Sarah Jane Mattocks and Thomas Kirk, a surveyor who went on to be an early Professor at Victoria University College (now the Victoria University of Wellington). She received her education at Greenwood sisters' Terrace School, and in turn taught English to Chinese immigrants, and taught factory workers how to read. Despite never travelling overseas, she was fluent in German and French. She was an avid reader. She was married to independent conservative member of parliament Arthur Richmond Atkinson. Both were involved along other Wellingtonians such as Kate Edger, Ernest Beaglehole and Maurice Richmond) in the Forward Movement a progressive Christian/Educational movement and 'a faithful attempt to bring the cardinal principles of Christianity, as conceived and interpreted by its best exponents, to bear on the complex conditions of modern society. Wikipedia