“Despite great opportunities, alcohol nearly ended her life. An early member, she spread the word among women in our pioneering period.” This is the story of Marty M. From Brooklyn, NY, Marty was the first woman to achieve permanent sobriety in AA. She joined the fellowship after her psychiatrist, Dr. Harry Tiebout (also Bill W.’s therapist), gave her a copy of the Big Book’s manuscript and she read a passage which caused her to have a spiritual awakening and, as she describes it, surrender. She was a founder of the National Council on Alcoholism, which she directed for over two decades. For questions and answers about her story, please see on this site "Big Book Q&A," Personal Stories: Women Suffer Too.” For photo on Marty, please click on her name's link.