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Marion Martin Award

The Marion Martin Award, presented annually to outstanding female safety professionals, 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. The following safety leaders are the first women of color to win this award.

Nominations are open through May 15, 2023.

Maude Taylor McGraw
North America HSE regional operations leader at Cummins, Inc., develops and implements health, safety and environment strategy for more than 28,000 employees at 285 worksites in North America. As a safety leader having worked in every region within Cummins, Inc., including Europe, India, China and Latin America, she has developed HSE professionals and improved safety performance across the globe. Previously, Maude led the HSE team at United Technologies-Carrier Corp.’s largest employee site, reducing the recordable injury rate from 9.2 in 1999 to 0.39 in 200. She is a longstanding advocate for women and champion for diversity, equity and inclusion. 

Violet Marrero
Consumer safety director at NJM Insurance Group, leads NJM’s award-winning Teen Driver Safety Programs, partnering with teens, parents and teachers to raise awareness of safe driving practices. Under her leadership, NJM now collaborates with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Center for Injury Research and Prevention, Impact Teen Drivers. Additionally, New Jersey Brain Injury Alliance Programs like What Do You Consider Lethal?’ and the Just Drive PSA Contest are now offered in high schools at no cost throughout Connecticut, Maryland, Ohio, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Previously, Marrero was the manager of special projects with the New Jersey Division of Highway Safety. She has received numerous awards, including the National Safety Council Award for Commitment to Advancing Teen Driver Safety.

Learn more about the Marion Martin Award and nomination process. For more information, please contact [email protected].

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 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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