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International Women's Day: No denying the importance of women employees at this bakery

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Gluten Free Gloriously, in Stirling, is owned by a man, but run by women, chef Nick Nikolopoulous says.
Gluten Free Gloriously, in Stirling, is owned by a man, but run by women, chef Nick Nikolopoulous says. - ()

Some women are participating in Wednesday's national strike entitled "A Day Without a Woman." Some are attending women-focused events all over the world. And some women — especially those who are part of all-female staffs — are finding ways to incorporate their business into the celebration and recognition of International's Women's Day.

Take Gluten Free Gloriously, a certified gluten-free bakery in Stirling.

The bakery is owned by a man, Chef Nick Nikolopoulous, of Bay Ridge Bakery in New York. But he will tell you himself that it is run by women.

"Celebrating International Women's Day is very important for us, as it recognizes not only the foundations of my life, but of all our lives," Nikolopoulous said. "It is important to celebrate the contributions these women have made to our bakery, their leadership and the creativity they have brought to our products.

"We believe Gluten Free Gloriously is a better company because of them."

"And with our boss, Nick, there are no gender roles in the bakery," Rachel Felter, a baker with Gluten Free Gloriously, said.

That's important to Kacey Pope at her place of work, she said.

"No one should be able to make you feel less worthy unless you let them," Pope, a baker, said. "You are equal to every human on this Earth."

Nikolopoulous said Pope, Felter and Shaylyn Gallagan are some tough bakers that not only keep Gluten Free Gloriously running, but also have the vision to turn it into a destination bakery for all gluten-free dessert enthusiasts.

"Your passions and dreams are amazing, but they will not be handed to you," Gallagan said. "You must be able to sweat, cry and get back up to achieve your goals."

Anyone looking to celebrate International Women's Day in the sweetest way possible will receive 10 percent off of their order Wednesday.

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