History

In 1965, Bernadete O’K and other AA women in Kansas City held a conference just for women in AA. The conference became known as the National AA Women’s Conference.

This forum aimed to provide:
  • Sharing of experiences common to women alcoholics
  • Discussion of problems of particular interest to all women AA members.
  • Opportunities to hear AA women speakers from many areas.


Forty-five members attended our first conference in Kansas City. The reception was so enthusiastic that plans were laid to create an annual women’s AA conference. February was chosen as conference month to commemorate Bernadette’s AA anniversary, and because it is traditionally the month of love. It also seemed like a welcome break from the winter doldrums. Kansas City held five more conferences. Other cities then began asking to host one. After Bernadette’s death, the International AA Women’s Conference traveled around the country.

Past IWC Locations:
1965-1969 – Kansas City, MO
1970 – St. Louis, MO
1971 – Wichita, KS
1972 – Oklahoma City, OK
1973 – Little Rock, AR
1974 – Des Moines, IA
1975 – Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
1976 – San Antonio, TX
1977 – Chicago, IL
1978 – Cleveland, OH
1979 – Denver, CO
1980 – New York, NY
1981 – CostaMesa, CA
1982 – Okalhoma, OK
1983 – Phoenix, AZ
1984 – Atlanta, GA
1985 – Denver, CO
1986 – Philadelphia, PA
1987 – Albuquerque, NM
1988 – Dallas, TX
1989 – Kansas City, MO
1990 – Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
1991 – Orlando, FL
1992 – Reno, NV
1993 – Vancouver, British Columbia
1994 – New York, NY
1995 – Omaha, NE
1996 – Salt Lake City, UT
1997 – Chicago, IL
1998 – Cleveland, OH
1999 – San Jose, CA
2000 – Atlanta, GA
2001 – Honolulu, HI
2002 – Denver, CO
2003 – Seattle, WA
2004 – Buffalo, NY
2005 – Las Vegas, NV
2006 – Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
2007 – Detroit, MI
2008 – Portland, OR
2009 – Salt Lake City, UT
2010 – Orlando, FL
2011 – Anchorage, AK
2012 – Washington, DC
2013 – Reno, NV
2014 – Oahu, HI
2015 – Palm Springs, CA
2016 – Norfolk, VA
2017 – Cleveland, Ohio