Do female pharmacists face an unfair glass ceiling?

More than six out of ten registered pharmacists are women, but the vast majority of owners are men.

It’s unclear exactly how skewed the proportions are, but The Guild’s membership statistics are a good clue.

Only 31% of the 4000 owners represented by the organisation are women.

The numbers are a concern for the Guild, which has launched a push to increase female representation among its leadership. Just two of 16 national councillors are women.

And the national president, George Tambassis, raised the issue in his address at the Guild’s 2016 parliamentary dinner.

“We simply don’t have enough women involved in our elected leadership to reflect our membership and the gender balance in the profession,” he said.

“We have to address this.” 

Although things have improved, there are barriers to women becoming pharmacy owners.