The Hot 100 2018: 80–71

Kirsty Logan, Catriona Reilly and Pollyanna McIntosh 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?'…

80 Pam Hogg

The Hot 100 2018: 80–71

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The legendary fashion designer, whose avant-garde pieces are coveted by A-listers the world over, designed the punky, sumptuous costumes for the new production of Cyrano de Bergerac, and currently has her first solo exhibition as part of the Liverpool Biennale. (DC)

79 Mariem Omari

The Hot 100 2018: 80–71

Activist and co-founder of Bijli, currently a company in residence with the National Theatre of Scotland, Mariem Omari's scripts are political, sensitive and give voice to those often ignored within theatre and in the wider community. From mental health to honour killings, Omari fearlessly addresses taboos. (GKV)

78 Pollyanna McIntosh

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Admittedly season eight of The Walking Dead wasn't the strongest series, however the development of Pollyanna McIntosh's character Jadis (leader of the Scavengers) was a high point. And she's now officially part of Rick Grimes' team as season nine starts with new showrunner Angela Kang. (HN)

77 Kirsty Logan

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Glasgow-based writer Kirsty Logan will take you to a fantastical place in her fiction. Her latest novel, The Gloaming, is a tender and mystical tale about love, family and finding your place in an often hostile or confusing world. (LM)

76 Alicia Bruce

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The Edinburgh-based photographer and lecturer tackled domestic violence in her portrait series Violence Unseen at the Stills Gallery in association with Zero Tolerance, photographed Mhairi Black for the 209 Women project, and created the photographic element of the Our World Heritage exhibition at Edinburgh's Tron Kirk. (DP)

75 Roseanne Watt

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Shetlander poet Roseanne Watt became the third winner of the prestigious Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, as well as runner-up for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award. Watch this space: her debut collection will be published by Polygon in 2019. (DC)

74 The Rabbit Hole

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The Rabbit Hole at CC Blooms is a great place to get your drag fix with fierce and fabulous host Alice Rabbit plus Scottish queens and kings like Roche, Violet Grace and Eli Buck. Having supported former Drag Race winner Sasha Velour, you can expect more from Rabbit Hole very soon. (AQ)

73 Catriona Reilly

The Hot 100 2018: 80–71

Catriona Reilly (aka Sycophantasy) is one of the DJ / promoters working to create an inclusive club scene. As club booker at Glasgow's Stereo, she promotes nights such as the R&B-focused Push It, and queer party Grind Yr Axe. (SS)

72 Emma Beeby

The Hot 100 2018: 80–71

The Edinburgh-based comic writer created a timely biography of the exotic dancer and spy Mata Hari – over a hundred years after she was executed by firing squad – for the acclaimed editor Karen Berger at Dark Horse Comics. She also contributed to 2000 AD's all-female summer special. (DP)

71 Lisa Lawson

The Hot 100 2018: 80–71

Anyone with the slightest interest in coffee knows Dear Green Coffee Roasters. Since firing up her roaster in 2011, and later starting the Glasgow Coffee Festival, Lawson has been at the forefront of the bean scene, supplying, training and inspiring baristas across Glasgow and beyond. (JT)

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