• 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




  • 03 Oct 2016 11:38 AM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    Did you know that October is National Women's Small Business Month?

    “Women’s Small Business Month is a great time to highlight the advancements made by women in business and celebrate women business owners,” says Amanda Brown, Executive Director of the NWBC.

    The NWBC was founded in 1988 with the passing of H.R. 5050 the Women’s Business Ownership Act in an effort to eliminate discriminatory lending practices. Today, the NWBC advises the White House, Congress and the Small ...Business Association on issues relevant to women business owners – with a critical focus on how to alleviate the obstacles faced by both women business owners and women trying to start their own businesses.

    To learn more: 

  • 11 May 2016 5:09 PM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    The Federation of Women Contractors Thanks the Following Companies for their Support of Women Rock 10

    Food & Beverage Sponsors:
    Advanced Data Technologies
    IHC Construction
    Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority

    Social Media Sponsors:
    Dependable Building Services, Inc.
    Electrical Contractors Association
    Lakeside Bank
    OCA Construction

    T-Shirt Sponsors:
    Bourbon Tile
    Corkhill Insurance
    Environmental Design International
    Gilbane Company
    Kirby DuBois Morgan Stanley
    LaGrange Crane
    Sandi Llano & Associates
    W.E. O'Neil

    Banner Sponsors:
    Assurance Agency
    Austin Power Partners
    Berger Excavating Contractors, Inc.
    Burling Builders, Inc.
    Christy Webber Landscapes
    Cobra Concrete Cutting Services, Inc.
    Edon Construction
    Evergreen Supply Company
    Horizon Contractors, Inc.
    KBI Custom Case, Inc.
    Phoenix Woodworking
    Porte Brown
    SmithAmundsen, LLC
    Underground Contractors Association of IL
    W.E. O'Neil

    Photo Booth Sponsors:

    Bear Construction
    SmithAmundsen, LLC

    70's Décor Sponsor:
    J.A.C.K. Contractor Services



  • 11 Apr 2016 11:45 AM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    Our outstanding women continue to be recognized for their contributions to the construction industry and we couldn't be prouder of them! 

    Three FWC members were recognized for their achievements at the recent ComEd 2016 Diverse Supplier Awards:  Loretta Rosenmayer of Intren received the award for Overall Performance for Construction Services, Deborah Sawyer of Environmental Design International received the Community Partnership Award, and Donna Stevenson of Stevenson Crane Service, Inc. was a finalist for their Rising Star Award. 

    Judy DeAngelo of JADE Carpentry Contractors, Inc. will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from ASA-Chicago at their May Awards Event.


  • 09 Feb 2016 4:03 PM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Loretta Rosenmayer, who has recently named 2016 Outstanding Corporate Citizen by the Chicago Foundation for Women.

    The CFW 2016 Impact Awards celebrates five Chicago-area women and men for their dedication to increasing resources and opportunities for women and girls in the Chicago area.

    This year's event will take place on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at Venue SIX10 at the Spertus Institute. For more information, or to purchase tickets, see the CFW's web site:


  • 01 Feb 2016 12:29 PM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

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