The List's Hot 100 to celebrate phenomenal women in 2018
- Arusa Qureshi
- 24 September 2018
Annual countdown will highlight the achievements of women who have made significant contributions to Scottish arts and culture in 2018
As the definitive list of Scottish creative talent, The List's Hot 100 is our annual countdown of the figures who we feel have made the greatest impact on the cultural landscape throughout the year. Without doubt, 2018 has been a year of incredible female activism and empowerment, with vital movements taking shape and noteworthy milestones recognised in many different guises. From #MeToo and Time's Up to the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which gave some women the vote, the various events of this year have renewed and reinvigorated the fight for gender equality.
While there remains some way to go, 2018 signals the start of a new wave of action for real change. Inspired by this, The List will use this year's Hot 100, announced on Thu 1 Nov, to draw attention to the phenomenal women (including trans women and non-binary identifying people) in Scotland that are making a sizeable splash with their many accomplishments, innovations and creative endeavours across arts and culture.
As well as highlighting the incredible contributions women have made in Scottish arts and culture, the list also offers a nod to the bravery of women this year in the fight against sexism, inequality and patriarchal mechanisms. The gender pay gap continues to exist and is five times greater than it was six years ago for women in their 20s, and women continue to be discriminated against in all sectors. But if 2018 shows us anything, it's that there's a new sense of collective power helping to shift the conversation. As Annie Lennox and Aretha Franklin sang in the 1980s, 'Sisters are doing it for themselves, standing on their own two feet, and ringing on their own bells'.