OptiMed Honors First Female Pharmacist During Women’s History Month


To honor Women’s History Month, OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy acknowledges women who contributed to the advancement of the pharmacy profession.

Elizabeth Gooking Greenleaf (1681-1762) is recognized as the first female pharmacist in America, according to the American Pharmacists Association. She was born in Cambridge, Mass., in 1681 and married Daniel Greenleaf in 1699, a minister, pharmacist and graduate of Harvard. The couple had 12 children.

In 1727, Elizabeth moved to Boston to open a pharmacy, according to the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy. Though this was a role traditionally filled by men, Massachusetts did not have laws prohibiting women from practicing.

Her husband joined her shortly after and together they ran the pharmacy for several years.

The American Pharmacists Association honored Greenleaf in 2012 for “contributions to the profession and advancement of women in pharmacy.”


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