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J.K. Rowling

JK Rowlings

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OK so we sort of mentioned her when we spoke about Emma Watson, but J.K. Rowling deserves her own section as well. Before she was an iconic writer authoring the magical Harry Potter series, the author was a single mom struggling to provide for her daughter. She even received government assistance for some years and went through many rejections before her books were finally accepted. Her resilience in spite of hardships motivated her to stay strong long enough to better her life. She went on to become the president of the Gingerbread — a 100-year-old organization that aids single parents and their children.

J.K. was certainly no stranger to adversity. When she was 15, her mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis; and died a decade later. Unfortunately, she got the chance to see her daughter achieve her dream of becoming a published author. So, J.K. founded the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic at the University of Edinburgh in her honor. She also gave the organization $16 million to get started and help as many people as possible. Rowling is also known for her advocation of equal rights, standing against racism, and promoting the rise of the disadvantaged. When casting for her play”Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, she cast a black actress for the role of Hermoine Granger. The decision brought her a lot of criticism from her fans, but she stood by her decision tweeting: “brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione.”

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