by Grant Kuning
I like that idea.
This may be a weird work-around to your great man problem, but have you considered some sort of proxied identities. I could see a social movement having an identity. You could the either use an identity to define the group (ex. sufferagettes) or the social cause (ex. the suffrage movement.)
There is really no reason a culture could not have a title for a social movement. (Instead of King Henry use Movement Sufferage.)