WNBA-NYC is the founding chapter of the Women's National Book Association (WNBA). WNBA is a national, nonprofit professional organization for women and men who work with and value books. One of the oldest groups dedicated to books and literary pursuits, its roles are to:
· Provide support to people involved in all aspects of the book community
· Promote literacy and other charitable efforts
· Sponsor several nationwide awards in efforts to bring support and recognition to individuals whose work and life embody
WNBA was founded by a group of 15 women and booksellers who had been excluded from the all-male Booksellers League. They first met in October 1917 at the Sherwood's Book Store at 19 John Street in downtown New York. One month later, when they had their second meeting, thirty-five women were present. A permanent organization was formed, its first president, Pauline Sherwood. WNBA’s unique characteristic was a membership open to women in all facets of the world of books—publishers, booksellers, librarians, authors, illustrators, agents, book production people—the only criterion being that part of their income must come from books.