#WomenPharmacistDay (WPD) will be observed on October 12, 2020.
#WomenPharmacistDay will be observed on October 12, 2020. In the months and weeks leading up to #WomenPharmacistDay, 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 #WomenPharmacistDay, 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.
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 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.
Women Pharmacist Day was founded by the Pharmacist Moms Group. The Pharmacist Moms Group was started in 2017 by Dr. Suzanne Soliman to help support, offer resources and provided a professional network for pharmacist moms. In just two years, the group has grown to 25,000+ pharmacist moms. Based on current growth rates, there are currently 35,000 pharmacist mom members.
Dr. Soliman has held multiple roles in the field of pharmacy, as assistant dean of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago, associate dean of the College of Pharmacy at Touro College, and assistant professor and clinical faculty at Midwestern University. She has also worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a medical science liaison and manager, and now serves as chief academic officer for the Accreditation Council of Medical Affairs.
#WomenPharmacistDay Official Sponsor
Cardinal Health Women in Pharmacy, launched in 2010, is a nationwide, grassroots initiative that connects female pharmacists with the tools and resources to become owners and entrepreneurs. Women in Pharmacy director, Julie Wilson, travels to schools of pharmacy, trade association meetings and conferences to engage with and facilitate connections among female pharmacists and tell the story of the gender gap in pharmacy and ways to address it. For more information, please visit www.cardinalhealth.com/womeninpharmacy.