"We must have respect and understanding for women and all female life on this Earth which bears the sacred gift of life."

Traditional Circle of Elders  Ononodaga


" Alcoholics have a gift of picking out the world's finest women." 

Dr. Bob   Big Book  pg. 178


"My wife and I abandoned ourselves with enthusiasm to the idea of helping other alcoholics to a solution of their problems." 

Bill W.   Big Book  pg. 15



Throughout AA history, women have played a major role in the development of AA. Bill speaks over and over about Lois's role in his struggles with alcoholism. Dr. Bob says he would have been dead long before if not for Ann. It was a woman, Henrietta Sieberling, who introduced Bill W. and Dr. Bob.

Sister Ignatia helped Dr. Bob carry the message of recovery to 5000 alcoholics. Nurse Teddy worked with Bill W. and Dr. Silkworth in New York. Ruth Hock worked, with little or no payment in the first New York AA office for many years. She took the dictation for the Big Book and answered thousands of letters for alcoholics.  Bill and Dr. Bob are known as the cofounders of AA. I wonder where AA would be if it had not been for the women who protected and nurtured these men?


 Great Spirit, today, I will show respect.