Adele Stevens

 

Adele Stevens

 

 

Adele joined the Canberra feminist movement when she arrived in the ACT in the late 1970 - firstly by joining WEL. In the 1980, she was active in the newly formed Canberra womens health organisations, including setting up a sub group on women and drugs. This working group identified the failing for women in regard to alcohol and other drug services in the ACT. In particular, the working group identified the gender bias in residential rehabilitation services and lobbied for a family friendly rehabilitation service which catered for children. In the 1990s, the working group was successful in convincing the ACT government which subsequently funded a family friendly residential drug rehabilitation service. Prior to this new service, 80% of the rehabilitation residents were male but after the introduction of the family friendly service, the proportion of residents was closer to equal numbers of men and women. In addition, during the 1980-90s, Adele was also an active member of SisterTrust raising monies for educational support for women, particularly in TAFE education.

In the 1990s, Adele began a PhD in Women’s Studies at ANU and completed a thesis on Gender and Illegal Drug Use.

 

 

'I actually found Adele very difficult to paint.  She has a very mobile face and is very restless in herself.  I think I managed to get a likeness and in particular, to capture the humour in her face, especially around the mouth., for which she is known  I went with the slightly darkened glasses in the end, which seemed to draw her features together.'