What is Women Pharmacist Day (WPD)?
Women Pharmacist Day will be observed on October 12, 2021. Join us as we celebrate the significant gains that women have made in pursuing careers in pharmacy, honor the trailblazers who have made such progress possible and recognize the important contributions that women pharmacists make, every day, to deliver quality care to patients nationwide. Here, you can learn more about Women Pharmacist Day and how you can get involved! 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.
The Pharmacy Space
Women currently occupy 75% of the pharmacist workforce vs 8% in the 1960’s. Approximately 61% of the 14,000 PharmDs earned in the United States in 2016 were earned by women. Women are especially well positioned to serve as trusted healthcare resources – particularly for fellow women, who statistics show make an average of 80% of the healthcare purchasing decisions for their families – and often serve as caregiver for their children, as well as aging parents.