The Hot 100 2018: 50–41

Michelle Gomez, Sofay and Cathy Wilkes 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?'…

50 Sikh Sanjog

The Hot 100 2018: 50–41

Female-led community charity focusing primarily on the needs of women and girls in Edinburgh's Sikh and minority ethnic community. Punjabi Junction sits at the heart of the charity – a social enterprise café providing a much-needed income stream, training opportunities and an important hook into the broader Leith community. Read our full feature on Sikh Sanjog. (JL)

49 Nadine Aisha Jassat

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Winner of a Scottish Book Trust New Writers' Award and shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Prize 2018, it's been a stellar year for Jassat. In the next one she publishes her debut poetry collection, Let Me Tell You This. (LM)

48 Sarah Bebe Holmes

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Co-founder and co-artistic director of Paper Doll Militia, Bebe Holmes' performances celebrate the power of aerial acrobatics to be more than entertaining, but provide a rich, abstract yet emotive examination of human experiences. This year's Egg discussed the tension between science and mortality. (GKV)

47 Bex Anson

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As a member of expressionist arts collective 85a, Anson's remit is multidisciplinary work. Most recently, V/DA and MHz's stunning Void, a raw fusion of dance, visuals and sound, won a Total Theatre award, and the sublime Liquid Sky was a visceral aerial piece. (LI)

46 Sofay

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A regular at Glasgow's La Cheetah and Edinburgh's Sneaky Pete's, Sofay (aka Sophie Reilly) continued her upward trajectory, DJing at London's Corsica Studios with Palms Trax, playing Berlin and Copenhagen, and contributing a guest mix to Livity Sound's NTS Radio slot. (SS)

45 Kate Atkinson

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In a career spanning over 20 years, Kate Atkinson has given us eleven witty, innovative and genre-defying books. The latest, Transcription, is a World War II spy thriller that asks the reader to question much more than their allegiances. (LM)

44 Michelle Gomez

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The former Doctor Who villain continues to walk on the dark side. Gomez is taking the role of enigmatic big bad Mary Wardell in Netflix's witchy reboot, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, from the same team who gave us Riverdale. (HN)

43 Cathy Wilkes

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As well as the closing months of her solo exhibition at MoMA in New York – organised as part of her receipt of the Maria Lassnig Prize – the Glasgow-based sculptural and installation artist Wilkes was also announced as Great Britain's entry for the Venice Biennale 2019. (DP)

42 Be Charlotte

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Possessing a fiercely original voice, Charlotte Brimner – one of Dundee's most exciting exports – has had another amazing year. After signing to Columbia / Sony Music, she embarked on an extensive tour across Europe and beyond before returning home to help open the V&A Dundee. (MR)

41 Jordan & Skinner

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An inspiring double-act that demonstrates how physical theatre can work for all ages, their commitment to challenging material suitable even for younger audiences reveals how the clown is not just for parties but for moving, serious theatre. (GKV)

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