Background: Why #WomenPharmacistDay?
The first Women Pharmacist Day (WPD) will be observed on October 12, 2018. 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 the number of those practicing 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 particularly well positioned to serve as trusted healthcare resources – particularly for fellow women, who statistics show make an average of 80 percent of the healthcare purchasing decisions for their families – and often serve as caregiver for their children, as well as aging parents.
#WomenPharmacistDay celebrates the significant gains that women have made in pursuing careers in pharmacy; honors the trailblazers who have made such progress possible; and recognizes the important contributions that women pharmacists make, every day, to delivering quality care to patients in communities, nationwide.
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Women Pharmacist Day is founded by the Pharmacist Moms Group The Pharmacist Moms Group is a non-for-profit organization started in 2017 by Dr. Suzanne Soliman to help support, offer resources and provided a professional network for pharmacist moms. The group has grown in just one year to over 12,000 pharmacist moms and continues to grow daily. Based on current growth rates, there will be 15,000+ pharmacist mom members by October 12, 2018. For more information on the group or to join, please visit www.pharmacistmomsgroup.com.
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.
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, Eden Sulzer, travels to schools of pharmacy, trade association meetings and conference to engage with and facilitate connections among female pharmacists and tell the story of the gender gap in pharmacy and ways to address it. She served as a panelist at the 2014 International Women’s Day Forum at the United Nations. For more information, please visit www.cardinalhealth.com/womeninpharmacy.