The Hot 100 2018: 100–91

Kelly Macdonald, Lauren Mayberry and Nina Nesbitt are among our favourite cultural contributors this year

Without a doubt, 2018 has been a year of incredible female activism and empowerment. 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. With this in mind, this year's Hot 100 is all about celebrating the women in Scotland that are making a sizeable splash with their many accomplishments, innovations and creative endeavours across arts and culture. In the words of Beyoncé, 'who run the world?'…

100 Minnie the Minx

In The Beano's 80th anniversary year, one of its most popular characters also celebrated her 65th birthday. As well as setting a bad example for decades, it was announced that Minnie the Minx will star in her own live-action TV show from Beano Studios, the multimedia brand which has helped revitalise Dundee's DC Thomson. (DP)

99 Kelly Macdonald

Kelly Macdonald made jigsaws cool again when she launched this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival with relationship drama Puzzle. And she's about to reprise her Brave role as Merida in the upcoming Wreck-It Ralph sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet. (MR)

98 Lauren Mayberry (Chvrches)

Love is Dead once again proved Chvrches have a knack for gorgeous synth-pop, this time adding a political edge and including a collaboration with The National's Matt Berninger. Vocalist / co-writer / co-producer Lauren Mayberry later admitted her criticism of Stereogum's 'bullshit' review of the album was due to jetlag. (HN)

97 Suzanne Bonner

As the force behind the wonderfully eccentric Shoot Your Shot night, Suzanne Bonner has been at the forefront of promoting a Glasgow club culture that doesn't rely on male and heteronormative stereotypes. She's also responsible for the always brilliant Weirdo Warehouse parties and continues to be an advocate of queer politics. (AQ)

96 Nina Nesbitt

After an initial brush with fame five years ago, singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt is reinventing her career in slow-burning but indefatigable fashion. Her 'Somebody Special' EP was released on Cooking Vinyl, and her live shows revealed an artist with real, relatable humour and style. (DP)

95 Chuchoter

Chuchoter (pronounced shoo-shaw-tae) are an Edinburgh-based indie-electronic band, comprising producer Owen McAllister and vocalist Emily Smith, who gained attention this year for their pop / disco sound and the release of their first EP, 'Pieces'. They are self-described makers of 'angry, shouty feminist pop'. (KG)

94 Pam Brunton

Integrity and intelligence are the marks of chef Pamela Brunton's approach to gathering, cooking and serving great food. At Inver Restaurant on the shores of Loch Fyne, she and partner Rob Latimer shine a beacon for spirited and engaged contemporary Celtic cuisine. (DR)

93 Hairband

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Featuring members of Breakfast Muff, Spinning Coin, and the Yawns, all-female outfit Hairband are one of the country's most hotly tipped indie acts. Their off-kilter guitar-pop is already picking up national radio play and taking them to big stages. You sense this is just the beginning. (CA)

92 Fiona Bradley

In her 15th year as the Fruitmarket Gallery's director, Fiona Bradley has continued to programme exciting exhibitions (Lee Lozano and Emma Hart among them), as well as continuing to turn the gallery into a hub of after-hours talks and events, and proceeding with a planned future expansion. (DP)

91 Christina Neuwirth

As well as working on a doctoral research project looking at gender equality in contemporary writing and publishing in Scotland, Christina Neuwirth pens her own essays and fiction. Her debut novella, Amphibian, swam its way onto bookshelves this year. (LM)

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