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++++Message 3575. . . . . . . . . . . . RE: Re: "Little Red Riding Hoods" in
early AA meetings?
From: David Jones . . . . . . . . . . . . 7/18/2006 7:03:00 PM
When Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in 1935, many people believed that
women couldn't be alcoholics, much less that they deserved a place at the
Although we now take for granted that the doors of A.A. are open to any
alcoholic male or
female this was not always the case. In Slaying the Dragon: The History of
Treatment and Recovery in America, William L. White describes the challenges
women seeking recovery in the early years of A.A. The following excerpts
from White's book
highlight the struggles and contributions of these female pioneers.
The first women in A.A.
The wives of early A.A. members--particularly Anne Smith and Lois
Wilson--participated in and made immense contributions to this developing
Anne's support and counsel to many of the early alcoholics is legendary. The
many key ideas that emerged within A.A. began in the pages of her journal
and in her
conversations with early members. Both co-founders noted the role that wives
the founding of A.A., Dr. Bob even suggesting that there would have been no
Following close on the heels of the wives of early A.A. members were the