New NSC Award to Recognize Women Leaders in Safety


Marion MartinThe National Safety Council Women’s Caucus is accepting nominations for the first NSC Marion Martin Recognition Award.

The award celebrates the accomplishments of women in the safety field.

Marion Martin spent her life defying stereotypes and breaking down barriers for women in a multitude of arenas. Her political career began in 1930, when she was elected to the Maine House of Representatives.

She was re-elected to a second term, then won two terms in the State Senate, where she was the only woman and only non-lawyer on the Legal Affairs Committee.

National Safety CouncilEach year, NSC will honor women who have achieved professional excellence in their area of specialty and have helped pave the way to success for other women in the profession. Nominees should demonstrate excellence in a variety of professional settings and personify excellence on the international, national, regional or local level.

Ms. Martin later became the first female head of a Maine state government agency. She served as the secretary of labor and industry from 1947 to 1962, and found a special delight in championing programs that encouraged women in the workplace. During her tenure and on the strength of her support, legislation involving equal pay for equal work, strong industrial safety, child labor and collective bargaining was passed.

In 1971, Ms. Martin was the first female awardee of the NSC Distinguished Service to Safety Award.

Winner or winners will be awarded during the NSC Women’s Caucus luncheon at the NSC spring meeting in March 2016.

Nominees must have achieved professional excellence in the safety field. They also must have accomplished one of the following:

  • Influenced other women to pursue careers in the safety field
  • Opened doors for women in a safety employment setting that are historically and professionally limited to them
  • Advanced opportunities for women within the safety field

Members of National Safety Council staff, Board or Women’s Caucus Steering Committee may not be nominated.

Those nominating someone for the Marion Martin Recognition Award must provide the following:

  • The nominee’s resume or biography that describes her background and contributions to safety; remember to include name, address, phone number and email address, as well as contact information for the nominator
  • In no more than 1,500 words, provide specific, concrete examples of how the nominee has achieved professional excellence in the safety field, as well as examples of at least one of the other three criteria listed above
  • No more than three letters of support from individuals or organizations that know of the nominee’s accomplishments

To submit an application or for questions, email Mary Howard at Self-nominations are welcome.

Applications are due by Feb. 5. The wiinners will be recognized during the NSC Women’s Caucus Luncheon on March 22, in Austin, Texas.