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  • 28 Jul 2017 12:34 PM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    Recognizing National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM)

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    NIAM draws attention to immunization in August each year

    NIAM highlights the value of vaccines for people of all ages.

    National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them. Communities have continued to use the month each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases.

    NIAM is sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC). For more information on the observance, visit NPHIC’s NIAM website .

  • 20 Jun 2017 9:40 AM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    Effective July 10, 2017 - FWC will have a new mailing address (phone, fax and e-mail remain the same).

    Our new mailing address will be:

    Federation of Women Contractors

    4210 West Irving Park Road
    Chicago, IL  60641 
    Tel:  (312) 360-1122 | Fax:  (312) 750-1203 |

    Be sure to update your records!


  • 01 Jun 2017 9:44 AM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    Injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages – and they are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44. But there are many things people can do to stay safe and prevent injuries.

    Make a difference: Spread the word about ways to reduce the risk of injuries. Encourage communities, workplaces, families, and individuals to identify and report safety hazards.

    For more information, go to

  • 05 May 2017 9:52 AM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    What is Stroke?

    Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the  No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States.

    A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts (or ruptures). When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs, so it and brain cells die.

    Use the letters in "fast" to spot stroke signs and know when to call 9-1-1.


    For more information on prevention or signs of a stroke, contact the American Stroke Association at

  • 04 Apr 2017 11:05 AM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    FWC Members traveled to Washington, DC to meet with Members of Congress and administration staff of the US Dept. of Transportation this week.  The women presented compelling stories about their challenges and successes of women-business ownership.


  • 01 Apr 2017 10:35 AM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    Sexual assault is a serious and widespread problem. Nearly 1 in 5 women in the United States have experienced rape or attempted rape in their lives, and 1 in 71 men have experienced rape or attempted rape. Nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men have experienced sexual violence victimization other than rape at some point in their lifetime (Black et al., 2011). 

    Sexual assault is a public health issue affecting women, men, children, families and communities. Victims of sexual assault often experience short-term consequences including guilt, shame, fear, numbness, shock and feelings of isolation. Victims may also experience long-term health risks and behaviors such as PTSD, eating disorders, depression, pregnancy and STIs. 

    But the good news is that prevention is possible and it’s happening. By promoting safe behaviors, thoughtful policies and healthy relationships, we can create safe and equitable communities where every person is treated with respect. 

    Black, M. C., Basile, K. C., Breiding, M. J., Smith, S. G., Walters, M. L., Merrick, M. T., … Stevens, M. R. (2011). National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: 2010 summary report. Retrieved from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

    National Sexual Violence Resource Center 

  • 01 Mar 2017 11:14 AM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    Womens History Month

    In February 1980, President Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th as National Women’s History Week. In the same year, Representative Barbara Mikulski, who at the time was in the House of Representatives, and Senator Orrin Hatch co-sponsored a Congressional Resolution for National Women’s History Week.  This co-sponsorship demonstrated the wide-ranging political support for recognizing, honoring, and celebrating the achievements of American women.

    President Jimmy Carter’s Message to the nation designating March 2-8, 1980 as National Women’s History Week.

    From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.

    As Dr. Gerda Lerner has noted, “Women’s History is Women’s Right.” – It is an essential and indispensable heritage from which we can draw pride, comfort, courage, and long-range vision.”

    I ask my fellow Americans to recognize this heritage with appropriate activities during National Women’s History Week, March 2-8, 1980.

    I urge libraries, schools, and community organizations to focus their observances on the leaders who struggled for equality – – Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Lucy
    Stone, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Tubman, and Alice Paul.
    Understanding the true history of our country will help us to comprehend the need for full equality under the law for all our people.

    This goal can be achieved by ratifying the 27th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which states that “Equality of Rights under the Law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

  • 01 Feb 2017 1:34 PM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    Do you know what causes heart disease in women? What about the survival rate? Or whether women of all ethnicities share the same risk?

    The fact is: Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute!

    But it doesn’t affect all women alike, and the warning signs for women aren’t the same in men. What’s more: These facts only begin to scratch the surface.

    There are several misconceptions about heart disease in women, and they could be putting you at risk. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health for this very reason. In this section, we’ll arm you with the facts and dispel some myths – because the truth can no longer be ignored.

    Go Red for Women

  • 01 Feb 2017 12:38 PM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    FWC is proud to celebrate the tremendous contributions and achievements made by African Americans throughout our history.  We are particularly proud of all our women who have left an indelible mark on our state's landscape and continue to be a formidable force in the construction industry.

  • 24 Jan 2017 12:33 PM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    News Release 
    Jan. 23, 2017
    Contact: Olivia Wolfertz (703) 295.6472 g


    CEO of Bigane Paving Co. to Receive OPAL Award

    Reston, Va. — Anne Bigane Wilson, P.E., CPC, M.ASCE, president and CEO of Bigane Paving Company will be honored as one of five American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2017 Outstanding Projects And Leaders (OPAL) Lifetime Achievement Award winners. Wilson is honored for her work in Construction. She will receive the award March 16, 2017, during ASCE’s annual OPAL Gala in Arlington, Va.

    Over the past 28 years, Wilson has elevated Bigane Paving Co. to one of the most respected contractors in Chicago. In her role as CEO, she manages private and public works projects with budgets ranging from $25,000 to $25 million. Wilson is also CEO and president of two other hot mix asphalt production facilities: Ogden Avenue Materials and Reliable Ogden, both also located in Chicago. 

    “Wilson’s commitment to construction and her expertise in managing a broad range of projects both in the public and private sectors are the marks of a stellar leader and a successful businesswoman. In addition, her passion for advocacy and the advancement of women in the profession has helped empower countless women to emulate her success,” said Norma Jean Mattei, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI. F. ASCE, president of ASCE. 

    Wilson contributes to the profession by serving on the Purdue Construction Engineering & Management Advisory Council, as past president of the American Subcontractors Association (ASA) and past president of the Federation of Women Contractors. She is also a passionate advocate for women in the construction industry, advocating on local, state and national legislative issues that affect women in business.

    Anne is also the Chairperson for the Board of Trustees at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, and was inducted into their 2015 McAuley Hall of Honor. She and her four sisters established the Bigane Family Scholarship for senior students, in remembrance of their mother. It’s a scholarship for tuition assistance and graduation expenses and another way of supporting and fostering women’s education.

    Among her many awards are the American Subcontractors Association National Construction Best Practice Award, Purdue University’s Civil Engineering Alumni Award, the American Institute of Constructors’ Walter Nashert Sr. Constructor Award, among others.

    She holds a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering and management as well as a master’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue University in Indiana.

    Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. For more information, visit




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