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Marion Martin Award-winner will be Announced in March

  • ​The National Safety Council Women's Caucus presents the Marion Martin Recognition Award annually in March. The award celebrates the accomplishments of women in the safety field who have achieved professional excellence and have helped pave the way to success for other women in safety. Nominees should demonstrate excellence in a variety of professional settings and personify excellence on the international, national, regional or local level.

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

    Award Criteria


    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


    The nomination period closed Feb. 5, 2016, and NSC will announce the winners soon. For more information, email Mary Howard at

Who is Marion Martin?

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.

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.

NSC is proud to name this new award after Ms. Martin. We look forward to continuing a recognition program that celebrates the accomplishments – against many odds – of women in the safety field.

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