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International Women's Day highlights three local women, with one thing in common

FRESNO, Calif. - They jump out of planes, fight fires and run cities.

On International Women's Day, we turn the spotlight, on them.

"They have real jobs and real lives, and they still manage to mentor and act as role models for women around the world."

By day, Clovis resident Donagene Jones works in gymnastics.

Early February, she and 25 other women from around the world made history, jumping out of two planes.

"I have 10 vertical world records under my belt, never do you just go and do it on the first shot," Jones said.

Connecting twice, in formation.

"It's the first ever all-female vertical sequential world record, in the history of skydiving," Jones said.

More women in the sky and more, on the ground.

"There's challenges, you know," Fresno Fire Chief Kerri Donis said. "You have to prove yourself as a woman, in a male-dominated profession, sadly that's still true."

But getting better, says Donis, who worked her way up in the industry.

A department post paying tribute to other female employees, doing the same.

"I think there's a place for women to be engaged in male-dominated professions, and to see a different side that men may not see," Donis said.

Also a place for women in government.

Fresno City Council President Esmeralda Soria, proof.

"When we look at, not only statewide, but also nationwide, more women today are signing up to run for office," Soria said. "Women are recognizing the power that they have, and also, the diversity of perspective that they bring to the table."

Power, diversity.

Our three women acknowledge there's a ways to go for equal pay and more, but say, their jumps, have paid off.

"Turning it around and giving it back to what's coming for the next generation," Jones said.

Red Bull was the company behind that jump. 

Soria was also telling us there are several events coming up this month, where women will be recognized.

Reporting in Fresno, Megan Rupe. 


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