The system also failed to regularly include women on juries until the mid-20th century. Although women first served on state juries in Utah in 1898, it was not until the 1940s that a majority of states made women eligible for jury duty. Even then several states automatically exempted women from jury duty unless they personally asked to have their names included on the jury list. This practice was justified by the claim that women were needed at home, and it kept juries unrepresentative of women through the 1960s.
38. Even in the 1960s, women were seldom on the jury list in some states because______ .
[A] they were automatically banned by state laws
[B] they fell far short of the required qualifications
[C] they were supposed to perform domestic duties
[D] they tended to evade public engagement
38.【解析】文章第三段的最后一句“This practice was justified...at home”提到“家庭需要女性的主张给这一情况提供了辩解”，所以 C 项为正确答案。A项错在原文并没有说有哪个州的法律完全禁止女性参与陪审。B项说她们感觉达不到所要求的资历，D项说她们倾向于逃避公共活动，这两项均属于文中未提及的信息。