The 71st General Service Conference annual meeting, held online over April 17 to April 25, 2021: A revision to the AA Preamble was approved through advisory action. The change replaced the words “men and women” with the word “people” in the first sentence of the Preamble. Discussion of the change first drew attention a couple of years ago, when the more inclusive language was suggested to the General Service Board.

The theme at this year’s GSC conference was: “AA in a Time of Change.” The report of the conference included a timely quote that AA co-founder Bill W. had made more than three score years earlier: We live in an era of change. Our Twelve Steps probably won’t change; the Traditions, not at all likely. But our manner of communication, our manner of organizing ourselves for function, for service—let us hope that this goes on changing for the better, forever.” Bill W., 1960 GSC talk.