Women of Skye

06 February – 14 December 2018

In 1918 some women received the right to vote in the UK after years of intense campaigning. Although women had to be over thirty and meet minimum property qualifications, the Representation of the People Act, 1918, fundamentally marked a shift in the voter demographic (8 million women could now vote) and paved the way for further changes towards voting equality.

To mark the centenary of this, ATLAS Arts will hold a series of events over the coming year. Some of these will focus on addressing the gender imbalance on Wikipedia by hosting ‘edit-a-thons’, with the specific aim to create articles for women of Skye who have been overlooked, as well as improving existing content for those who already feature.

In working with Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre we will be able to explore first-hand accounts of women such as Ann Mackinnon from Waternish, who was awarded the Croix de Guerre (France’s highest military award) for bravery in continuing to care for the sick under enemy fire. We will also consider stories of women who are alive today and welcome your ideas as to who should be included.

To tell us about someone or to get involved, please get in touch.


The Great Procession and Women’s Demonstration organised by the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) on 9th October, 1909, Edinburgh. Photograph by James Patrick, 1863 – 1933.