Gender Equality

Over 60% of pharmacists are now women, but that’s not reflected at senior leadership level across the profession.

Supporting women in pharmacy to achieve their potential is part of our ambition to create a culture of belonging.

Ramandeep Kaur Sandhu

We want to listen, learn and create positive change, so the workplace becomes fairer and meets the needs and ambitions of pharmacists everywhere.

Need some inspiration? Watch the unstoppable Dr Joan Myers OBE describe her career path and how she never took no for an answer!

And as part of our brilliant blog series, Chair of our Advanced Pharmacist Assessment Panel Ramandeep Kaur Sandhu highlights how women can overcome challenges to achieve a goal of leadership.

What we're doing

  • We publish our gender pay gap every year and our action plan to improve this.
  • We’ve reviewed our processes for recruitment, national Board elections, awarding Fellowships and are committed to Equality Impact Assessments on all areas of our work.
  • We collect Equality, Diversity and Inclusion data for of our membership on a yearly basis to understand more about our members and ensure our services are inclusive.
  • We’re working to achieve real and lasting change for pharmacy through challenge, advocacy with our profession, partners and contributors within and outside of pharmacy.

Women’s health inequalities are top of our agenda. Our statement on women’s health outlines how pharmacists and their teams can help improve services provided to women and reduce women’s health inequalities. You can also catch up with our webinar on the menopause in the workplace

Resources to help

Our resources, fascinating livestreams and webinars on a diverse range of subjects raise the essential issues and give plenty of food for thought.

Watch our webinar below where we discuss why confidence is key to achieving gender equality in Pharmacy.



An ally is any person that actively promotes and aspires to advance the culture of inclusion through intentional, positive, and conscious efforts that benefit people as a whole. RPS President Professor Claire Anderson reflects on the need for allies and mentors, whilst RPS Fellow Ade Williams discusses the role of men as allies and RPS CEO Paul Bennett explains why being an ally is so important.


Gender based microaggressions are the everyday, subtle, intentional and unintentional interactions or behaviours that communicate bias based on gender. They can have a huge impact on how you feel about yourself, and your career prospects. Find out how to challenge gender microaggressions if you experience them, and how positive micro-affirmations can make all the difference to workplace culture.

Download our free posters on gender microaggressions for your workplace too!

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Breaking barriers

Catch up with our premier event Driving Equality for Women in Pharmacy and find out how to enhance your skills to be an authentic leader and support your team to reach their potential.

Celebrate some incredible pharmacy professionals who are leading the way in the profession in this webinar with the Female Pharmacy Leaders Network. 

Watch inspiring women in science, technology and digital health face up the challenges they’ve experienced as pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and leaders in our fantastic livestream panels. You can also see South Asian women pharmacy leaders share their experiences and the importance of coaching and mentoring for black pharmacists.

Take a look at a selection of truly outstanding Women to Watch, an initiative from our renowned Pharmaceutical Journal which profiles shining examples of female leadership every year.

Get a historical perspective on the struggles of early pharmacists from our brilliant Museum in their exhibition Celebrating Women in Pharmacy

Listen to some great podcasts on women and gender equality.


“We need to challenge sexism in all areas of live to create a better world for the next generation of pharmacy colleagues.”
- Charlotte Bell

"It’s important to acknowledge the barriers women face may look quite different depending on their intersecting identities such as race, class, religion, disability and so on. Achieving gender equality will fuel our ability to grow and thrive as a profession.”
- Farzana Mohammed

Our Blogs

You're not alone! Many RPS members have written about their experiences in promoting and fighting for Inclusion and Diversity in pharmacy.

Discover their stories and learn about how their experiences, background and culture have shaped who they are today.


Join our Action in Belonging, Culture and Diversity (ABCD) Group

Our ABCD group is a place to talk through ideas, create change, and build networks across the profession.

At our meetings we hear from people with lived experience and create a culture of belonging, champion inclusive and authentic leadership and challenge barriers to inclusion and diversity:

If you share our passion for inclusion and diversity, get involved!


Pledge for Inclusion and Wellbeing

Sign our Pledge to demonstrate your support for a profession that's inclusive, celebrates diversity, creates a culture of belonging, and supports pharmacy teams’ health and wellbeing.


Already signed our pledge, but don’t know how to put it into action? We can help!

Pledge for Inclusion and Wellbeing

ABCD graphicSign our Pledge to demonstrate your support for a profession that's inclusive, celebrates diversity, creates a culture of belonging, and supports pharmacy teams’ health and wellbeing.


Already signed our pledge, but don’t know how to put it into action? We can help!