#WomenPharmacistDay (WPD) will be observed on October 12, 2019.
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.