Moscow, Idaho, the dried pea and lentil capital of the world, is situated between Potlatch and Genesee, 85 miles southeast of Spokane, Washington. Its population is 13,000, a figure that must include a good share of the 7,000 students at the University of Idaho. It is not listed in national feminist catalogs—a lack that is due less to the failure of local feminist efforts than to the urban bias prevalent in the women's movement.
In my two years with the University of Idaho Women's Center, I watched—and, I hope, helped—a new spurt of feminism take hold in Moscow. I spent the first year trying to transplant my urban feminist experience in alien soil and the second trying to learn what form feminism ought to take in a rural environment.