Article I. NAME
Section 1. The name of the corporation shall be the Women's National Book Association, Inc., hereinafter referred to as the Corporation.
Section 2. The principal office of the Corporation shall be the address of the president or any other location designated by the board of directors.
Article II. OBJECTIVES
Section 1. The purposes of the Corporation are educational and charitable.
The Women's National Book Association, Inc. came into being to inform bookwomen about matters relevant to themselves and the book world so that these women could inform and help one another.
It continues to fulfill this purpose by 1) bringing together women and men who are active in the world of books at the national and local (chapter) levels; 2) educating and informing the public about the need to create, produce, distribute, and use books; 3) responding to requests for information about books and the allied arts and generating and supporting projects that help to disseminate such information; 4) serving as a catalyst for all in the book community who wish to work together; and 5) promoting recognition of women's achievements in the book industry.
Article III. MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Active Membership. Active membership in a chapter is open to people who are or have been in, or who have an interest in, publishing and allied fields. Active members include but are not limited to writers, illustrators, booksellers, critics, editors, educators, librarians, library workers, literary agents, book manufacturers, and wholesalers who wish to promote and participate in the objectives of the Corporation.
Active members enjoy all rights and privileges accorded to any member of the Corporation. These include but are not limited to those listed below. Active members are eligible to vote in all elections of the Corporation, to hold office, to serve on the board of directors, to serve as chair or member of any committee, to nominate candidates for national office and awards, and to attend all functions of the Corporation. Active members receive The Bookwoman.
Section 2. Network Membership. Network membership is open to anyone who does not live in a city with a WNBA chapter. Network members may elect to affiliate with any WNBA chapter and are entitled to all rights and privileges accorded to active chapter members and to any additional benefits extended by that chapter to its members.
Section 3. Sustaining Membership. Sustaining membership is open to firms, individuals, or organizations that support the goals and activities of the Corporation. Representatives of sustaining members are eligible to attend all functions of the Corporation. Sustaining members receive The Bookwoman.
Section 4. Honorary Membership. Honorary membership may be conferred upon persons who, in the opinion of the board of directors of a chapter, have rendered outstanding service to the Corporation. Honorary members must be active members if they wish to hold office, vote, serve on the chapter board of directors, or receive The Bookwoman. Honorary members are eligible to attend all functions of the Corporation.
Section 5. Local Sponsoring Membership. Local sponsoring membership is available to any individual or local organization who desires to make an additional annual contribution to the chapter. Local sponsoring members have the full rights and privileges of active members.
Local sponsoring membership may not supplant sustaining membership in the Corporation.
Section 6. Election to Membership.
A. Active, network, honorary, and local sponsoring membership status shall be determined by the chapter bylaws in concert with national policy. The national membership year shall be June 1–May 31.
B. Sustaining members shall send contributions in an amount established by the board to the treasurer or a designee. The membership year shall be January 1–December 31.