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Post Fri May 18, 2012 6:37 am
Recent feminist scholarship concerning the United
States in the 1920’s challenges earlier interpretations
that assessed the twenties in terms of the unkept
“promises” of the women’s suffrage movement. This
new scholarship disputes the long-held view that
because a women’s voting bloc did not materialize
after women gained the right to vote in 1920, suffrage
failed to produce long-term political gains for women.
These feminist scholars also challenge the old view
that pronounced suffrage a failure for not delivering on
the promise that the women’s vote would bring about
moral, corruption-free governance. Asked whether
women’s suffrage was a failure, these scholars cite the
words of turn-of-the-century social reformer Jane
Addams, “Why don’t you ask if suffrage in general is
failing?”
In some ways, however, these scholars still present
the 1920’s as a period of decline. After suffrage, they
argue, the feminist movement lost its cohesiveness,
and gender consciousness waned. After the mid-
1920’s, few successes could be claimed by feminist
reformers: little could be seen in the way of legislative
victories.
During this decade, however, there was intense
activism aimed at achieving increased autonomy for
women, broadening the spheres within which they
lived their daily lives. Women’s organizations worked
to establish opportunities for women: they strove to
secure for women the full entitlements of citizenship,
including the right to hold office and the right to serve
on juries.

The passage is primarily concerned with
A. providing evidence indicating that feminist
reformers of the 1920’s failed to reach some of their
goals
B. presenting scholarship that contrasts suffragist
“promises” with the historical realities of the 1920’s
C. discussing recent scholarship concerning the
achievements of women’s suffrage during the 1920’s
and presenting an alternative view of those
achievements
D. outlining recent findings concerning events leading
to suffrage for women in the 1920’s and presenting a
challenge to those findings
E. providing support for a traditional view of the
success of feminist attempts to increase gender
consciousness among women during the 1920’s
OA: C

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Post Fri May 18, 2012 6:48 am
1st para: Recent scholarship is challenging the earlier interpretations of assessing the women's suffrage movement
2nd para: But the still Recent scholarship feel that 1920 was period of decline (feminist moment lost cohesiveness ,Gender conscious remained and few success
3rd: Author's op that there was intensive activism aimed to increase the autonomy of women..explaining in detail
I am confused between B and C
The reason I choose C is because the passage has author's opinion(3rd para) and C also have Author's opinion
would like to know why B is wrong

Also I have seen that when the authors opinion is at the end of paragraph, sometimes the answer choice containing opinion is considered correct and sometimes not. can you help to know when the author opinion is relevant for main purpose and when it is not

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