J.K. Rowling rocks a rags-to-riches story in a way, but when it comes to her back story, it almost is more interesting than any book she's written.
According to J.K.'s website, "Jo," as she's fondly called, began writing Harry Potter on a delayed train to King's Cross Station - no wonder it became such a big part of the series. After having a daughter and then the relationship ending with the father, she headed back to the U.K., "carrying not just Jessica but a suitcase containing the first three chapters of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone."
She decided to send those three chapters to different publishers, and those publishers requested the rest, and the rest is history.
With that in mind, here are 3 basic reasons why J.K. Rowling is a great role model for women:
The Strength Of A Single Parent
After the relationship ended with her husband, she didn't give up. She collected her belongings and her daughter Jessica, and continued to move forward. That is not an easy feat after everything that could have happened. After relationships end, many people take a long time in between to move forward with their lives, but in the case of single parents, sometimes they cannot afford to take that much time away from moving forward.
Her Imagination Is Key
In most adults, they lose their realm of imagination. There's a quote somewhere that says something to the effect of "When a child turns into an adult, they lose their playful imagination." Clearly this was not the case when it comes to J.K. Rowling. Creating an entire world like The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter,J.K.'s website that takes a lot of imagination. It's also noted on that when she studied in school, many of the Latin names gave her momentum for some of the spells in the Harry Potter world.
She Kept Trying, Even After Being Rejected
With artists, it's hard to keep going after getting a "no" from many individuals. According to Biography.com, after being turned down so many times, she sold the book to an American Publisher for around $4,000. She now ranks as one of the richest women in the U.K., and even surpasses the Queen when it comes to fiscal numbers. Imagine if she would have just given up? Imagine how many times she was told no, if she would have just quit? That strength and resilience of a dream, even if people thought it was silly, she would have given up one of the greatest children's literary masterpieces of all time.
In short, J.K. Rowling has taught us that adversity can strike (her divorce) and we should still keep moving. To keep your whimsy and imagination is key into creating, and to not give up, even if people tell you no. That's what makes J.K. one of the most important female icons of our time.