Hagley, Tasmania, Australia
- Farmer, Public servant and Social welfare co-ordinator
Ruth Paterson was Tasmania's Rural Woman of the Year in 1994. She was the first Australian woman to chair an agriciultural field day committee, which she did to extraordinary effect when she organised the Tasmanian AGFEST in the early 1990s. Eleven percent of Tasmania's total population attended in 1994; no other field day in no other state could boast such a massive turn out.
After winning the award, Ruth took up a job with the Tasmanina Department of Primary Industries, with the aim of encouraging a rural woman's network and advising the government on issues that effect rural women.