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California was especially congenial to Bellamy socialism; by October 1889 five Nationalist newspapers were being published there. 32 In Looking Backward, Julian West, a young, well-to-do gentleman, falls into a deep, hypnotically induced sleep in the year 1887. When he awakens 113 years later, without having aged at all, the urban landscape around him has been completely transformed. The story consists of Mr. West's untiring inquiries of a kindly Dr. Leete and his daughter Edith as to how the Boston of yesteryear, with its extremes of wealth and poverty and its segregation of middle-class women in the home, has become an egalitarian commonwealth.

By the end of the nineteenth century, woman's equal right to a formal education had largely been won, in principle if not in fact. 22 In addition to the state colleges that admitted women, several schools were established, such as Vassar (1861), Wellesley (1870), Smith (1875), and Bryn Mawr (1885), for women only. In opening their doors, these schools gave the few Page 20 women economically privileged enough to enter them a significant new measure of moral and intellectual autonomy. Consciously and unconsciouly, these early women graduates pioneered in challenging their domestic vocational assignment in American family ideology.

Although she belonged officially to no church or denomination, she was a fervent believer in and preacher of progressive religion. Her early papers include extensive notes for Sunday school classes and sermons. She was a frequent guest preacher in liberal Protestant pulpits, most commonly Unitarian ones. Gilman's advocacy of women's concerns strongly informed the best of her writing and thinking. Her feminism was widely cultural in its analyses and prescriptions. Organizationally, she was active in the women's club movement, assisting with the development and leadership of several clubs in California.

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