Happy Women’s Pharmacist Day

Suzanne Soliman

Happy Women’s Pharmacist Day

The first #WomenPharmacistDay (WPD) will be observed on October 12, 2018. October was chosen for this special recognition because it also serves as National Pharmacist Month. The 12th day of the month was selected in honor of the legendary, first female pharmacist in the United States, Elizabeth Gooking Greenleaf, who had 12 children and is an inspiring role model for thousands of women who dream of becoming a pharmacist or who are currently a pharmacist. While women made up only 8% of all U.S. pharmacists as recently as the 1960s, women currently comprise 55% of the pharmacist workforce, and that number is expected to continue to rise. Approximately 61% of the 14,000 PharmDs earned in the U.S. in 2016 were earned by women.

It is critical to look to the past and to many women pharmacists who have broken new ground across the profession and we honor and celebrate all of them. Many of these pioneers broke barriers and stereotypes and allowed all of us the opportunities that we have today. As a women pharmacist, I have heard many stories first-hand on women who were the first to round with their all "male team", women who were the first to be elected to a leadership position for a national pharmacy organization and women who were entrepreneurial and opened up their own pharmacy. We need to continue to support the advances women have brought to pharmacy and remember all of the obstacles that have our predecessors have overcome. I am excited to celebrate this day and am grateful for the support Cardinal Health has provided Pharmacist Moms in order to make this much needed and awaited day happen!

Happy Women Pharmacist Day to all of my colleagues and friends!

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