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J. K. Rowling: Scotswoman Who Changed the Decade

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: Edward
December 29, 2009, 08:17 PM

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:

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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.  

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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
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Posted by Jeannine on December 30, 2009, 12:37 PM report to moderator
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Apparently I’m not being allowed to even post a comment….why???

Posted by Jeannine on December 30, 2009, 12:38 PM report to moderator
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go Jo! never even heard of those other women though…. :-/

Posted by PkRae210 on December 30, 2009, 12:50 PM report to moderator
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woot! I was first!?!

Posted by PkRae210 on December 30, 2009, 12:51 PM report to moderator
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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.

Posted by Kirk on December 30, 2009, 12:57 PM report to moderator
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That’s very awesome for Jo! She deserves to be #1 on every list!

Posted by harrypotter1991{ROAR} on December 30, 2009, 12:58 PM report to moderator
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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"

Posted by Calum Wilson (RuneDream54) on December 30, 2009, 01:06 PM report to moderator
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go rowling!!!

Posted by Loveforluna on December 30, 2009, 01:25 PM report to moderator
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That’s great to hear!

Posted by siriusismyhero on December 30, 2009, 01:27 PM report to moderator
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Congrats Jo! You’re awesome!

Posted by fifi ~::~ ıɟıɟ {WBM!} {ITC!} on December 30, 2009, 02:00 PM report to moderator
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Congrats to Jo! She definitely deserves a spot on this list.

Posted by da_member0808 on December 30, 2009, 02:39 PM report to moderator
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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.

Posted by leigia on December 30, 2009, 02:40 PM report to moderator
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GO JO!!!! WE LOVE YOU!!! :D ugh really she is waaay better than those other ladies!!!

Posted by ProfessorAlice on December 30, 2009, 03:09 PM report to moderator
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She sure gets my vote!

Posted by Won_Two on December 30, 2009, 03:49 PM report to moderator
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She truly is an amazing women.

Posted by LoveTomRiddle [ROAR] on December 30, 2009, 04:15 PM report to moderator
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