J.K. Rowling’s “Single Mother’s Manifesto”

Cameron proposes help to single mothers should only be given if they  get married. “It’s not the money, it’s the message.” J.K Rowling speaks up against it.

Today, J.K. Rowling has reminded me why I started a blog in the first place. I do not claim to have a perfect grammar or excellent editorial skills, but I like to make my voice heard. I’m very shy, and critical about my communication skills. As result, I shy away once in a while, and I opt to stay silent in a corner of my house (literally). This is why I need women like J.K Rowling to remind me of the things that I should focus on, the things I should speak up about. It’s easy to just sit back and ignore the issues affecting our world. We sometimes rather pay attention to the latest gossips before focusing our time and mind to other issues. Then, we acknowledge that we do this and kind of laugh about it sometimes ( I confess). I’m actually quite late to this news, but  past April 14, J.K Rowling wrote The Single Mother’s Manifesto. In this article, the author expresses her discontent with Cameron’s proposition and makes a few remarks.

“Nobody who has ever experienced the reality of poverty could say “it’s not the money, it’s the message”. When your flat has been broken into, and you cannot afford a locksmith, it is the money. When you are two pence short of a tin of baked beans, and your child is hungry, it is the money. When you find yourself contemplating shoplifting to get nappies, it is the money. If Mr Cameron’s only practical advice to women living in poverty, the sole carers of their children, is “get married, and we’ll give you £150”, he reveals himself to be completely ignorant of their true situation.”

She also remarks that society seems to castigate single mother’s, while it praises single fathers. Then, the author points out that she’s embedded to the British welfare, and this is why she’s remains a domiciled taxpayer.

It’s wonderful to hear women like J.K Rowling speak out. She’s a true role model and a great inspiration.

P.S. I would also like to recommend J.K Rowling’s commencement speech at Harvard University. It’s truly inspiring.

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