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The NSC Women's Initiative

To help people live their fullest lives, from the workplace to anyplace, NSC is working to increase female participation in the safety industry. The NSC Women’s Initiative provides events, recognition and scholarship opportunities to support women in safety and educate all safety professionals on issues that affect the female workforce disproportionately.

Upcoming Webinars

Women in Leadership: Panel Discussion with Marion Martin Award Winners
In honor of International Women's Day
11 a.m. (ET) March 8

Join 2021 Marion Martin Award winners Rose McMurray, Catriona Schmolke and Megan Proctor for an International Women's Day discussion on their careers, finding ways to add diversity to your teams and building work life balance from the start. This event originally was planned for the 2021 NSC Safety Congress & Expo. Register.

Panel Discussion: Safety Organization Cooperative
2 p.m. (ET) March 8

The National Safety Council, the American Society of Safety Professionals and International Women’s Day were born of working conditions that resulted in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire – and barriers affecting women in the workplace then are still relevant today. Join NSC President and CEO Lorraine Martin, ASSP CEO Jennifer McNelly and American Industrial Hygiene Association CEO Lawrence D Sloan for a conversation about issues keeping women from an equal footing in the workplace, the safety implications of these barriers and what improvements can be implemented today. Register.

Women in Safety Scholarship

To increase the number of women entering the safety field, the Women in Safety Scholarship provides access to educational funding for women pursuing a safety career. Scholarships are given to women studying safety in a post-secondary program, and are open to non-traditional and part-time students. The scholarship is $5,000 a year for four years as long as recipients maintain eligibility. In addition to the monetary award supporting their educational expenses, the Women in Safety Scholarship recipients are invited to attend NSC Congress & Expo at no cost. Learn more about this and other scholarships at nsc.org/scholarships..

NSC Marion Martin Award

This award is the result of the Council’s desire to recognize women who have not only excelled in their safety role but have also helped break down barriers for other women in safety. Launched in 2016, Marion Martin Award winners have included Annette Sandberg, Linda F. Martin, Alexi Carli, Winnie Dee Schubert and Dr. Megan Tranter.

Learn more about the Marion Martin award, as well as other Council awards.

NSC Women's Division

The Women’s Division is one of eight industry and interest-specific groups available to NSC members. The Women's Division meets several times a year and presents webinars on a variety of topics. The Division offers members the opportunity to:

  • Create a more inclusive environment in the safety field
  • Learn about safety issues that disproportionately affect women
  • Hear from female leaders in safety
  • Enjoy the support and camaraderie of like-minded safety professionals
  • Network with top female safety professionals

Join the Women's Division and receive an update on the Congress meeting and a presentation by NIOSH on how safety professionals can be more mindful of reproductive health for all workers. Already a member and want to be more engaged? Complete this quick survey.

Special Thanks

The Council would like to thank UPS for its continued support of the Women's Initiative at NSC.

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