The inaugural Women Pharmacist Day will be commemorated on Oct. 12, 2018, in conjunction with National Pharmacist Month, to recognize the important contributions women pharmacists make, every day, to delivering quality care to patients, and conference organizers at the National Community Pharmacy Association's (NCPA) Annual Convention reminded pharmacists to celebrate.
While women made up only 8% of all US pharmacists as recently as the 1960s, women currently comprise 55% of the pharmacist workforce, and the number of those practicing is on the rise. Approximately 61% of the 14,000 PharmDs earned in the US in 2016 were earned by women, according to a recent press release from Cardinal Health, Women Pharmacist Day sponsor.
NCPA conference organizers explained that Women Pharmacist Day is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the significant gains women have made in pursuing careers in pharmacy while honoring the trailblazers who have made such progress possible.
Women Pharmacist Day was founded by Dr. Suzanne Soliman, a pharmacist who is also the founder of PharmacistMomsGroup.com, a not-for-profit organization that offers support, resources, and a professional network for pharmacist moms. The group has grown in just one year to over 16,000 pharmacist moms and continues to grow daily. Soliman chose October because it marks National Pharmacist Month; she chose the 12th day of the month to honor the legendary first female pharmacist in the U.S., Elizabeth Looking Greenleaf, who had 12 children and is an inspiring role model for thousands of women who dream of becoming a pharmacist.
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