Celebrating women in pharmacy

Celebrating women in pharmacy

On Thursday June 15 1905, a group of women pharmacists met at 5 Endsleigh Street in London.  Their aim was to establish an Association of Women Pharmacists.  Although women had won their battle to become full members of the Pharmaceutical Society in 1879, there was still much work to be done to enable female pharmacists to fulfil their potential in the profession.  The contrast with today when women make up the majority of the pharmacy work force is marked.

This online exhibition explores the history of women in pharmacy, and more specifically in the Pharmaceutical Society’s history.  It also tells the story of the Association of Women Pharmacists, its significant founding members, and 100 years of its work.

Thank you to the following people who have shared their own research, or carried out research for the exhibition: Marilyn Crease, Shirley Ellis, Robert J Mead, Sue Symonds, Linda Lisgarten, Kirsteen Nixon, Peter Homan, Helena Wojtczak and the Executive Group of the National Association of Women Pharmacists.

If you would like more guidance on available research resources for the history of women in pharmacy, including archival material held by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, please contact the museum.