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International Women’s Day 2023: Boots backs equity by championing women’s health

08 March 2023
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This International Women’s Day, Boots is marking the importance of putting women’s health at the forefront, celebrating a major step in supporting health equity for women across the UK.

Boots has recently announced its biggest ever healthcare campaign that puts women’s experiences at its centre, including introducing new training for its 4,500 pharmacists on four key areas of women’s health: periods, fertility, pregnancy and menopause. The campaign highlights the expanding number of healthcare services available in store and online, including over 15 dedicated women’s healthcare services like the Boots Online Doctor Menopause and HRT Treatment service,** alongside an expansion of its Price Advantage scheme to include a wide range of women’s health products.*

Claire Nevinson, Superintendent Pharmacist at Boots, said: “At Boots we’ve been championing women’s health for over 170 years. It’s great that over the last few years there’s been more awareness and conversation around women’s healthcare areas like menopause and periods. At Boots, we are taking an active part in that conversation and provide our customers great value products and services that they can conveniently access online and in our stores.”

This campaign runs across International Women’s Day, for which, the theme is #EmbraceEquity. The concept of true inclusion and offering women the access to what’s required to succeed is embedded into the foundations of Boots.

This started with one of Boots founders, Florence Boot who was appointed to be one of the first ever female directors in the UK over 100 years ago. Florence had many personal initiatives to help the women in her workforce succeed, including offering additional schooling and breakfasts before they started their working day as she noticed that some of her staff were starting work hungry.

This underpinning of creating equitable solutions for women has continued through to this day, both through how its support it’s customers and patients and its team members, of which 80% are women. Last year, Boots announced that it would cover the NHS prescription payments for any team member affected by the menopause who wishes to take HRT.

To mark International Women’s Day, we’ve listened to the stories of five of our inspiring team members, who are working tirelessly to #EmbraceEquity:

Boots and the Princes Trust have created a free Joy of the Journey Masterclass, hosted by founder of Mother Pukka, Anna Whitehouse alongside a panel of experts from Boots. The ‘Joy of the Journey’ is a series of panel discussions filled with practical tips and inspiring stories on careers, training and starting your business. This Masterclass has been created specifically with women aged 16 – 30 in mind, will cover topics including:

  • Saying goodbye to impostor syndrome and grow in confidence
  • How to secure flexible jobs or start a business that meets your family's needs
  • Inspirational stories and ‘how to’ advice to achieve your own job goals
  • Where to look for real, tangible support

For more information and to reserve a spot, sign up here: Motherhood and Work: Developing confidence to find joyful jobs Tickets, Tue 21 Mar 2023 at 11:00 | Eventbrite


* Customers must be logged into a (or account) to be able to receive the discount on online purchases.

**Access to treatment is subject to an online consultation with a clinician to assess suitability. Subject to availability. Charges apply.



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Boots is the UK’s leading health and beauty retailer with over 52,000 team members and 2,100 stores, ranging from local community pharmacies to large destination health and beauty stores.*

Boots serves its customers and patients for life as the leading provider of healthcare on the high street and the UK’s number one beauty destination. It offers an unrivalled depth and breadth of products, which incorporates its extensive own brand range and innovative portfolio of brands, including No7, the UK’s No1 skincare brand, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle Beauty and Sleek MakeUP.

2024 marks Boots’ 175th anniversary year. Founder John Boot opened a herbalist store in Nottingham in 1849 to offer an affordable alternative to traditional medicines. His son Jesse expanded the business to become a modern retailer and the biggest chemist in Britain. Throughout its history, Boots has listened, learned and innovated, and it continues to challenge itself to improve its products and services every day.

Boots is part of Walgreens Boots Alliance, which is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail.  More company information is available on

*Figures accurate as of 30 November 2023