Women of Skye

06 February – 14 December 2018

In February 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 is hosting a series of events over the coming year that focus on women. This includes participating in Scalarama 2018 to celebrate everything F-rated as part of our Screen-It programme, from the first women filmmaker, Alice Guy-Blaché, to Scotland’s pioneering, Margaret Tait.

In October we are planning a Wikipedia ‘edit-a-thon’ to address the gender imbalance on Wikipedia, 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 historic women as well as those who are alive today.

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


New Zealand’s first Plunket nurse, Joanna MacKinnon (b. Balmeanach, Isle of Skye 1878). MacKinnon is presented with her Plunket medal by Lady Plunket in Dunedin in August 1909. Photograph courtesy The Encyclopedia of New Zealand.