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Three Cheers for Top Women winners

In his latest column, DSN editor-in-chief Nigel Maynard ask readers to stop and reflect on women’s contributions to retail pharmacy.

November is a popular month for the immensely popular turkey day, but it’s also a month for niche observances. I know because I looked them up. Among some of the quirky entries I found were Banana Pudding Lovers Month, National Fun with Fondue Month, National Peanut Butter Lovers Month and National Raisin Bread Month. It takes all kinds, I suppose.

Here at Drug Store News, November is unofficially Women’s Month — specifically, Top Women in Health, Wellness & Beauty. Now in its fourth year, the program selects winners in three categories — Business Excellence, Commitment to Care and Rising Stars — recognizing women who are making strides in various levels of their careers. The program is a celebration of the past and the present. It recognizes and honors the women who are making or have made outstanding contributions to their companies and their communities, but it also is a glimpse into the future. 

“Is it really a coincidence that the three biggest retail pharmacy brands are helmed by women?”

Women account for more than 50% of the U.S. population, which means they represent more than half of the potential customer base for retail pharmacy. Additionally, the Pew Research Center says that 43% of millennial women aged 25 to 37 years old have at least a bachelor’s degree, compared with 36% of men of the same age.  This means there is a large pool of potential applicants when it’s time to add talent. Is it really a coincidence that the three biggest retail pharmacy brands are helmed by women?

So to honor the occasion, we encourage you to read the bios of this year’s winners when they are announced on on Nov. 16. And while you’re at it, join us in raising a glass (or having some banana pudding or fondue) and saying a heartfelt congratulations. And don’t forget to add Top Women to your November observances; it’s one you can be proud to celebrate

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