The Women's National Book Association is a national organization of women and men who work with and value books. WNBA exists to promote reading and to support the role of women in the community of the book. The Association came into being in 1917 and has eight chapters: Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.
WNBA has four categories of membership:
- Active Members are chapter members who live in close proximity to a chapter city and can attend meetings;
- Network Members are individuals who do not live in a city with a WNBA chapter;
- Sustaining Members are corporations or individuals that support WNBA financially and are recruited by chapter presidents, national officers, and others; and,
- Honorary Members may be named by a chapter from time to time. Chapters may establish additional membership categories for local use.
Active membership is at the chapter level. Annual contributions are paid to and established by the chapter. Active members are eligible to attend all chapter programs, serve on committees, be elected to local and national offices, and receive The Bookwoman. The chapter determines other chapter benefits.
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. More information on the Network membership may be found in the Network Membership section of this site.
Sustaining membership is open to firms, individuals, or organizations that support the goals and activities of WNBA. Sustaining members are eligible to attend all national WNBA functions, nominate women candidates for the WNBA Award, and receive The Bookwoman. Contributions are on a sliding scale based on annual sales:
- Up to $10 million or not-for-profit: $500
- $10 million - $100 million: $1,500
- $100 million - $250 million: $2,000
- Over $250 million: $2,500 or more
If you are interested in becoming a Sustaining member, please contact the WNBA National President listed on the Officers page.
The designation and privileges of Honorary membership is made at the chapter level.