Women Pharmacist Day spotlights important contributions, accomplishments of female pharmacists

To recognize the contributions of women pharmacists, the inaugural Women Pharmacist Day will be held on October 12, 2018. Women account for 55% of the pharmacist workforce today, and more than 60% of the PharmDs earned in 2016 were earned by women in the United States.

To recognize the contributions of women pharmacists, the inaugural Women Pharmacist Day will be held on October 12, 2018. Women account for 55% of the pharmacist workforce today, and more than 60% of the PharmDs earned in 2016 were earned by women in the United States. "The statistical increase of female pharmacists is inspiring; women are particularly well positioned to serve as trusted health care resources, especially for fellow women," said Eden Sulzer, director of the Women in Pharmacy initiative at Cardinal Health, Women Pharmacist Day sponsor. "Women make an average of 80% of the health care purchasing decisions for their families—and often serve as caregiver for their children and aging parents." Women Pharmacist Day was established by pharmacist Suzanne Soliman, the creator of PharmacistMomsGroup.com. She selected the 12th day of October, National Pharmacist Month, in recognition of the first female pharmacist in the United States, Elizabeth Gooking Greenleaf, who had 12 children and is an inspiration for many women who want to become a pharmacist. According to Soliman, colleges of pharmacy nationwide will hold #WomenPharmacistDay themed events, and a number of colleges of pharmacy, pharmacy associations, and health care companies have issued formal statements supporting Women Pharmacist Day.