• 09 Nov 2017 10:06 AM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    ·         November is National Diabetes Month! Living with diabetes can be challenging to manage every day. You are the most important member of your diabetes care team, and you don’t have to manage your diabetes alone. Seek support from health professionals, your family, friends, and community to help you manage your diabetes.

    ·         You are the center of your diabetes care team. This National Diabetes Month, remember to seek help from your diabetes care team, including friends and loved ones. Learn more in the video below! 

  • 27 Oct 2017 8:38 AM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    At FWC's Annual Meeting on October 26, 2017, the membership elected their Officers and Board of Directors for the 2018 term:

    • Julie Savitt, President
    • Kay Anagnos, Vice President
    • Kendra Dinkins, Treasurer
    • Kristin Evers, Director
    Congratulations to everyone and we look forward to another great year!
  • 02 Oct 2017 9:10 AM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

      In 2017, it's estimated that among U.S. women there will be*:

      •  252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer
      •  40,610 breast cancer deaths

      What Is Breast Cancer?

      Breast cancer occurs when cells divide and grow without their normal control.

      Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) occurs when the abnormal cells grow inside the milk ducts, but have not spread to nearby tissue. DCIS is a non-invasive breast cancer.

      Invasive breast cancer occurs when cancer cells spread to nearby tissue or other parts of the body.

      Invasive breast cancer that spreads to other parts of the body is called metastatic breast cancer.  

      Learn more about breast cancer.

      Learn more about DCIS.

      Learn more about invasive breast cancer.

      Learn more about metastatic breast cancer.

      Warning Signs

      The warning signs of breast cancer are not the same for all women.

      The most common signs are a change in the look or feel of the breast, a change in the look or feel of the nipple and nipple discharge.

      Learn more about the warning signs of breast cancer.

      Other Breast Conditions

      Other conditions and benign (not cancer) changes can occur in the breast.

      Some increase the risk of breast cancer and others do not. 

      Learn about lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS).

      Learn about benign breast conditions

      *American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures 2017. Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society, 2017.

    Updated 03/28/17

  • 30 Aug 2017 4:42 PM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    The American Cancer Society estimates for ovarian cancer in the United States for 2017 are:

    • About 22,440 women will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer.
    • About 14,080 women will die from ovarian cancer.

    Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. A woman's risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 75. Her lifetime chance of dying from ovarian cancer is about 1 in 100. (These statistics don’t count low malignant potential ovarian tumors.)

    This cancer mainly develops in older women. About half of the women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer are 63 years or older. It is more common in white women than African-American women.

    The rate at which women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer has been slowly falling over the past 20 years.

    Visit the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Statistics Center for more key statistics.

  • 30 Aug 2017 4:14 PM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    FWC hit another legislative milestone when Governor Rauner signed into law 4 important pieces of legislation designed to help grow Illinois' small and diverse businesses.  FWC, together with its industry partner, HACIA, modeled the legislation after their successful 2012 legislation prompting utility companies to report on their diversity spend.  

    The legislation signed by the Governor last week will mandate that telecomunications, cable and internet providers; railroads; private and public institutions of higher education; and recipients of EDGE tax credits, file annual reports on their diversity spend.

    FWC wishes to thank Senators Clayborne, Sandoval, Lightford, Castro, and Representatives Evans, Welch and Davis for their leadership and commitment to expanding opportunities for Illinois' small and diverse businesses.

  • 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.


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