In my previous post, I pasted the abstract of Is Anyone Doing the Housework?: Trends in the Gender Division of Household Labor, highlighting the parts I found particularly interesting or important. The purpose of an abstract, of course, is to provide an overview of the entire article. This will let a researcher know if they want to read more of the article.
An opening paragraph should pull the reader in, making it clear why we should care about the question the article addresses.
Let’s look at the article’s opening paragraph: Continue reading