The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Museum has developed an online exhibition celebrating the role of women in the history of pharmacy.
Launched on 8 March 2021 — International Women’s Day — ‘Celebrating Women in Pharmacy’ — features women who have “have fought to be part of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the wider profession”. It also showcases women who have continued to bring their expertise and leadership to the Society during the 20th and 21st centuries.
The exhibition profiles women through the history of pharmacy up to the present day.
Included in the exhibition are Fanny Elizabeth Potter, the first woman to register with the Society, and Margaret Buchanan, who registered as a chemist and druggist in 1886 and went on to establish the Gordon Hall School of Pharmacy for Women, in London, in 1905.
The exhibition literature acknowledges that while there is “still work to be done to ensure that diverse and intersectional voices are heard throughout the profession”, the increasing representation of women on the national pharmacy boards “shows how far women have come in the profession since the earliest days of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society”.
Paul Bennett, chief executive of the RPS, said that the profession is “rich in extraordinary pioneers, both past and present.
“There’s still more to be done to ensure all women in pharmacy achieve their full potential and we’re determined to help change this through our inclusion and diversity strategy for pharmacy.
“We’re also dedicating this month to shining a light on the many and varied roles of women in the profession, to show there is much to aspire to.”