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Siouxland women embrace International Women’s Day

SIOUX CITY (KTIV)- According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition of ‘woman’, is an “adult female person.”

But for women across Siouxland, being a woman means much more than those 3 words.

“I just think it’s very important that we have a role,” said Cpt. Lisa Claeys, Sioux City Police Department. “And not be intimidated by the boundaries, per se.”

International Women’s Day is celebrated every year, on the 8th of March.

But for women across Siouxland- this day is represented every day on the calendar.

“We help women deliver their first babies, their 7th babies,” said Brittney Orr, Registered Nurse, UnityPoint Health- St. Luke’s

“Throughout the day, its kind of non-stop donations, to trying to get a meal cooked,” said Danielle Tott, Kitchen Director, Siouxland Soup Kitchen.

“I currently oversee support services, which is all of the civilian staff,” said Cpt. Lisa Claeys, Sioux City Police Department.

From welcoming new life to the world to providing resources for those in need to making sure the community is safe-

Women empower the lives of others every day.

“Empowering women at their weakest and highest moments of how painful labor can be,” says Orr. “And then just being right next to them holding their hands, and watching them see their newborns take their first breaths.”

“I’m just trying to save somebody,” says Tott. “I lost somebody, drugs that kind of stuff, so here I am trying to prevent that again.”

And these Siouxland professionals have advice for the women around them, who want to follow in their career paths.

“The field, in general, tends to be male-dominated,” adds Cpt. Claeys. “But I think we’re seeing more and more females coming into law enforcement. And a good portion of that, is we are getting rid of the stereotype.”

“I get to watch newborns be born every day, take their first breath,” adds Orr. “Its an amazing field to be in.”

“Women are on the rise,” adds Tott. “They always say women belong in the kitchen-maybe we do. But we’re powerhouses in the kitchen.”

After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national holiday there.

The day was then predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.

Jennifer Lenzini

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