The Nation: The New Feminism on Main Street

How far, how deep run the currents of women's new consciousness in the U.S.? TIME Reporter-Researcher Marguerite Michaels visited Red Oak, Iowa. Her report:

RED OAK lies in the furrowed hills of southwestern Iowa, a farming and industrial community of 6,210 people, 19 churches, five public parks and two nursing homes. It has the third largest swimming pool in the state and boasts a Holiday Inn. As in most small towns, the social geography follows the contour of the land. In Red Oak, the rigid distinctions between "The Hill" and "The Flats" have just...

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