J. K. Rowling: Scotswoman Who Changed the Decade


Dec 29, 2009

Posted by EdwardTLC

Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling has been named one of the Ten Scotswomen Who Changed the Decade by the Scotsman, who has ranked the most influential Scottish women of the past ten years. The newspaper relates the following regarding the contributions made by J. K. Rowling over the past decade to literature, along with her charitable work for MS research and advocating for disadvantaged children around the world:

JK Rowling

It is hard to think of a more powerful female figure to have emerged from Scotland in the past decade than JK Rowling. In 2000, Rowling was cementing her position as the world’s most popular children’s author with her fourth Harry Potter book, which broke all literary sales records in both the US and the UK. By 2007, Forbes magazine had ranked her the 48th most powerful celebrity in the world ’ not just for her enormous impact on child literacy but for her philanthropic work. Her Volant Charitable Trust funds disadvantaged children and MS research. She is a vocal president of One Parent Families, and successfully campaigned for a law change in Romania concerning caged beds for orphans. Whatever she turns her hand to, Rowling has proved she is capable of effecting real change on a global scale.

The Harry Potter author is among other such Scottish women as livia Giles, Susan Boyle, Carol Ann Duffy, and Nicola Sturgeon.

40 Responses to J. K. Rowling: Scotswoman Who Changed the Decade

Avatar Imagemuggle118 says: so coolAvatar Imagerealspace says: ...and Susan Boyle? Seriously? There is no effing comparison.Avatar Imagesunlitdays says: most influential women of the world, more like :)Avatar ImageHorcruxNoctus says: More like the CENTURY! Avatar ImageCatherine says: Congradulations Jo!!!! We can not over state how much you deserve this! You have represented your home well, not only with fame and fortune, but with your great personality, generosity, and your ability to influence and inspire many with your acts of caring and kindness! We love you Jo for all that you do, and people in your homeland deeply appreciate you as well!Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: LOVE HER!!!Avatar ImageEeyore says: Congratulations, Jo! You've been an inspiration to more people than you will ever know. And you've given us ten delightful years of reading and waiting for the next book and reading and discussing. What could be a better gift to so many people, all ages, all around the world. It would have been easy to just keep writing and raising your family, but you have also shown young and old what it means to be active in world and local issues, with your charity work. Thank you for that. Now that the books are done, we are all still enjoying the gifts of JK Rowling. How wonderful!Avatar ImageEeyore says: Where's the edit button when you need it? Earlier I posted: "It would have been easy to just keep writing and raising your family . . . " Obviously, it wasn't easy. I guess a better choice of words would have been that the writing and raising your family would have been enough. It's certainly more than most of us have ever done or could imagine doing.Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Many congrats to Jo! She definitely earns all she has accomplished in her life. Well done! :)Avatar ImageLunabelle7 says: This reminds me of something Melissa said on Pottercast once; something like "it's getting to the point where they're running out of honors to give her." Oh, Jo. The love just keeps on comming for her, doesn't it? Avatar Imageforgetmenot_007 says: Really,we can never thank her enough.She is truly the #1 !!! Thank you so much Jo for changing our lives!!! :-DAvatar Imagecerizesicat says: i love you Jo!!Avatar ImagePaintTheSky says: I agree realspace. Don't get me wrong I like Susan and I think she is a great role model, but you're right there really is no comparison.Avatar Imagealicia00 says: she chanded my decadeAvatar ImageScarStruck says: She changed my life!!!!! I love you Jo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YAY! <3 =DAvatar ImageJeannine says: I love Jo and her fantastic mind and imagination. Bless her and hopefully we will see more stories from her in years to could...am looking forward to it. WHY AM I NOT BEING ALLOWED TO VOTE IN THE Leaky Poll? Everytime I go to the topic TWO pop-ups freeze my computer and i have to leave the site to get it UNFROZEN???????????????Avatar ImageJeannine says: Apparently I'm not being allowed to even post a comment....why???Avatar ImageRACHermione2794 says: go Jo! never even heard of those other women though.... :-/Avatar ImageRACHermione2794 says: woot! I was first!?!Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: Congratulations to Jo for being placed on that list. She has represented Scotland well not only for the books she has produced to the benefit of the entire human race, but also for her many efforts to address social issues and other causes throughout society. Her impact has been enormous and has improved the lives of many.Avatar Imageharrypotter1991 says: That's very awesome for Jo! She deserves to be #1 on every list!Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: I can't really say it changed my life because Harry Potter has always been in my life. The really turning point was when I got seriously obssessed more than a year ago. Thanks Jo"Avatar Imagebookgirl3000 says: go rowling!!!Avatar Imagesiriusismyhero says: That's great to hear!Avatar ImageFifi says: Congrats Jo! You're awesome!Avatar Imageda_member0808 says: Congrats to Jo! She definitely deserves a spot on this list. Avatar Imageleigia says: It's great that JKR is acknowledged. There's no one who can come close to her in her influence in regards to getting children to read. Yay.Avatar ImageShinyPineapple says: GO JO!!!! WE LOVE YOU!!! :D ugh really she is waaay better than those other ladies!!!Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: She sure gets my vote!Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: She truly is an amazing women.Avatar ImageJane_Potter says: Congrats Jo you deserve it!!!Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Whoo! Go J.K. Rowling!!!Avatar ImageEilynn says: Congratulation ! She really deserve it !Avatar ImageRommanaD says: she's great woot! woot! .....Susan Boyle???? - not a big fanAvatar ImageMercyMercy says: She is wonderful and so generous with her fortune. Really deserves this!Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: I can't really say it changed my life because Harry Potter has always been in my life. The really turning point was when I got seriously obssessed more than a year ago. Thanks Jo"Avatar ImageZephyrFool says: Wow, that took a while.Avatar ImagePotter_Puella says: She REALLY deserved that! She changed my life! Avatar ImageGarden State Geek says: JKR was born in England and then lived in Wales; her parents met on a train in Scotland. What is it with her and trains? Avatar ImageLittle Light says: Jo didn't only change the decade. She changed my life. Thank you, Jo.

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