The inaugural Women Pharmacist Day will be held tomorrow on Friday 12 October, in conjunction with National Pharmacist Month across the US
The first-ever Women Pharmacist Day will be celebrated this Friday, and forms part of National Pharmacist Month which is held across the United States in October.
“Join us as we celebrate the significant gains that women have made in pursuing careers in pharmacy,” say the campaign organisers.
“Honour the trailblazers who have made such progress possible. And recognise the important contributions that women pharmacists make, every day, to delivering quality care to patients in communities, nationwide.”
Women Pharmacist Day was founded by the Pharmacist Moms Group, which says it has more than 17,000 members.
The group is a non-for-profit organisation started in 2017 by Dr Suzanne Soliman to help support, offer resources and provided a professional network for pharmacist mothers.
Dr Soliman chose the 12th day of the month to honour the legendary first female pharmacist in the US, Elizabeth Gooking Greenleaf, who had 12 children.
She is “an inspiring role model for thousands of women who dream of becoming a pharmacist,” says the group.
Professor Mary Euler, Associate Dean for Student Services at the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, told Pharmacy Times that in the early 1900s, many pharmacy programs opened with all men—a woman in the program would have been a rarity.
Professor Euler recalled in 1984, on her first day working as a pharmacist, patients walked in and asked her, “Where’s the man?”
She added that as recent as the late 1990s, there was speculation that women would ruin the profession by having children and not coming back to work full-time.
Now, according to latest data, women currently comprise 58.1% of the pharmacist workforce in the US.
The proportion of female pharmacists shoots up to 62.4% in Australia.
Multiple colleges of pharmacy across the United States are hosting Women Pharmacist Day-themed events this week, reports the Pharmacy Times.
The colleges are bringing alumnae and students together to encourage career mentoring within the pharmacy profession, discuss career paths within pharmacy, and explore ways to increase female representation in pharmacy leadership roles.