The Mediadise Article of The Day for February 24, 2020 is: Clare Stevenson.
Clare Stevenson (1903–1988) was the inaugural director of the Women’s Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAAF), from May 1941 to March 1946. As such, she was described in 2001 as “the most significant woman in the history of the Air Force”. Formed as a branch of the Royal Australian Air Force in March 1941, the WAAAF was the first and largest uniformed women’s service in Australia during World War II. Born and educated in Victoria, Stevenson was an executive with the Berlei company when she was appointed Director WAAAF. Initially ranked squadron officer, she rose to become group officer by April 1942. Stevenson resumed her civilian career following her discharge from the Air Force in 1946. Long active in adult education and social welfare, she helped form aid organisations including the Carers Association of New South Wales (now Carers NSW) after retiring from Berlei in 1960.