Harry Potter at 20: How J.K. Rowling went from welfare to billion-dollar wizards

And, like Rowling did in her early days, those families tend to struggle financially. Households headed by single moms are far more likely to live in poverty than those headed by men or by married parents, according to the National Women’s Law Center. “The poverty rate for female-headed families with children was 36.5%, compared to 22.1% for male-headed families with children and 7.5% of families with children headed by married couples,” the organization said last year.