NSC Marion Martin Award Honors Influential Women in Safety

The NSC Marion Martin Award celebrates the accomplishments of women in safety who have achieved professional excellence in their area of specialty and helped pave the way for other women in the profession. Recipients have distinguished themselves in a variety of professional settings and personify excellence on the local, regional, national or international level.

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Rose McMurray
Rose is an active NSC supporter and chief transportation safety advisor at FDR Safety. She is an out-going NSC Board member, the out-going chair of the Transportation Safety Division and out-going co-chair of the Delegates Committee, although she plans to continue as a delegate. She is also one of the co-founders of the Women's Division

Megan Proctor

Megan is environmental, safety, health and quality director at the Central Plateau Cleanup Company. She was nominated for her work at her former employer, Washington River Protection Solutions, where she led a 9.2 million-hour safety stretch without a single lost workday. She also implemented leadership roles for women early in their careers. Her team also won the 2017 Robert W. Campbell Award for innovation in monitoring heat stress.

Catriona Schmolke

Catriona is a retired senior vice president, global head of safety, security, sustainability and quality at Jacobs. She is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and a role model for aspiring female engineers. She is a sought-after mentor who knows diversity and inclusion are essential to success in safety.

Who is Marion Martin?

Marion Martin spent her life defying stereotypes and breaking down barriers for women. 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 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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From the industrial revolution to the present day, women have played a major role as safety pioneers. Marion Martin, Sarah Bagley, Frances Perkins, Elizabeth Dole and others have worked for more than 100 years to ensure women are equipped to be successful – and safe – throughout their careers.

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