The National Safety Council (NSC) is accepting nominations for its inaugural Marion Martin Recognition Award, presented to women who have advanced safety and broken down traditional gender barriers within the safety field. Nominees must have achieved professional excellence in the safety field. They also must have accomplished at least 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
According to an NSC release, Martin was a safety pioneer who started her political career in 1930, serving two terms in both the Maine House of Representatives and the State Senate. She was the only woman and only non-lawyer on the Legal Affairs Committee. Martin later became the first female head of a Maine state government agency. During her tenure, Maine passed legislation on equal pay for equal work, strong industrial safety, child labor and collective bargaining. Martin also was the first woman to win the National Safety Council Distinguished Service to Safety Award in 1971.