From the May 1945 magazine.

A.A.'s Country-wide News Circuit

It may be that women fear their anonymity will not be respected, and therefore they are more reluctant than men to come into A.A. Society is more scathing in its condemnation of a woman alcoholic. No doubt about that. Nor is there any doubt that, whatever the reason, there are proportionately few women in A.A. A coast-to-coast review brings out this salient fact: it isn't until about four years after the inception of a group that women begin arriving in any numbers, and even then the process is slow and painful for quite a while.

In a huge impersonal city like New York--which leads the nation in the number of A.A. women--anonymity doesn't play the big bugaboo role that it does in the small towns where usually everybody from the kids on the street corner to the town dowager is either thinking or saying --"My dear, did you see Mrs. Smith today? Disgusting! . . . "It's just criminal the way she neglects her poor little children!" . . . "Why, they say, she's drunk all the time!" And on and on. And yet that same Mrs. Smith is afraid to go to A.A. for fear people might learn she is having difficulty with alcohol!

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