From the August 1960 magazine.

8 in 83

Hidden in the cryptic title of this article is an "AA first": just under ten per cent of the delegates to the last General Service Conference were women. Steady progress--from two women delegates at the 1952 Conference to eight in 1960--reflects the growing membership and active participation of women throughout AA. So, we thought it was time for a report from this year's "eight in eighty-three."--The Editors.

IN the first edition of the Big Book was a woman's story--just one woman. But there it was for all to read: the earliest AAs accepted the fact that women suffered from alcoholism just as men do. Because of the social stigma which has so long haunted this illness, women have been reluctant to admit an alcoholic problem, even to themselves. Let's face it, most of the world still feels that the "hand that rocks the cradle" should by no means heist the gin bottle. So we often have tried to hide, sometimes aided and abetted by family and friends.

-- Ruth B.

Jackson, Mississippi

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