This new award will be presented at the Society of Cosmetic Chemists’ 73rd Annual Scientific Meeting & Technology Showcase, Dec. 17-18, 2019 at the Sheraton New York Times Square. The award will be sponsored by Rodan+Fields, a company founded by two of the industry’s most recognizable women, Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields.
“Florence Wall was a trailblazer for women in the field of cosmetic sciences at a time when men dominated the industry,” said Erica O’Grady, CAE, executive director/chief executive officer of the Society. “During her lifetime, Florence published five books and more than 300 articles in the field and was a critical voice in drafting the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act of 1938, the first Congressional act to impact the safety of cosmetics.”
Wall was the first female recipient of the SCC’s Maison G. deNavarre Medal Award in 1956 for being the foremost authority in the art and science of hair dyeing. In addition to establishing the first post-graduate school for hair coloring specialists in the 1920s, she was inducted into the Cosmetology Hall of Fame at the New York World’s Fair in 1965.
“Women like Florence Wall paved the way for us in the cosmetic sciences,” said Kelly Dobos, SCC president and cosmetics technical manager for Americas, Sun Chemical Corporation. “I am pleased that the Board approved creation of this award to honor scientists like Florence who have contributed so much to our industry,” she added.
The Florence Wall Women in Cosmetic Chemistry Award is designed to recognize a woman for significant accomplishments to the cosmetic industry through her technical contributions, leadership skills, and business excellence.
According to SCC, the Florence Wall Women in Cosmetic Chemistry Award honors a woman who:
- Has at least five years of membership in the Society of Cosmetic Chemists;
- Inspires others through her work and demonstrates unwavering passion for the cosmetic science industry;
- Is a bold, well-known leader with a proven record of growth, success and influence in her profession or community; and
- Understands the importance of innovative ideas, education, mentoring and service to others.
More info: www.scconline.org/scc- awards/florenceaward