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This Fishing Village Held A Tiny, Heartwarming Women's March

Chins up, fangs out.

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Images of women's marches around the world recently showed massive crowds spilling down streets. Meanwhile, this was the scene in Sandy Cove, Nova Scotia, a place with a permanent population of just 65 people.

It all started with Gwen Quigley Wilson, a 63-year-old retired teacher. Rather than making the two-and-a-half-hour drive to participate in the Halifax march, Wilson and her friend Melissa made a Facebook event for a local event.

Gary Wilson

"You just felt like, okay, this a big moment in history and you don’t want to just sit passively by and observe it. We want to do something," Wilson told BuzzFeed Canada.

"To be honest, we didn’t really think there'd be anybody except Melissa and myself and maybe one or two other people."

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"And then people just started arriving," she said. "It was joyful to see people rolling in."

Gary Wilson

All in all, 15 people — 13 women and two men, including Wilson's husband, Gary — met up for the march between the local school and fire station. The attendees came from communities all over Digby Neck, the peninsula Sandy Cove sits in the middle of.

"We did our walk and rattled our noisemakers and waved our signs at the passing cars and just enjoyed each other’s company," said Wilson. "It was very exhilarating just to be out walking."

Gary Wilson

They got a few honks, and a tourist who stopped to wish them well. But what Wilson and her fellow marchers weren't expecting was the massive online reaction to come.

One of the marchers posted a short video of the event on Facebook. Wilson was astounded when it hit 1,000 views — now it's at more than 160,000.

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"It’s overwhelming," said Wilson. "It just makes you realize that you’re not isolated, you’re not alone, there’s a whole world out there standing with you."

And for Wilson, there was also a reason much closer to home to march: the birth of her first granddaughter.

Gary Wilson

Wilson said she wanted her granddaughter to grow up not having to come up against the same barriers previous generations of women have faced.

“You shouldn’t have to be afraid of any man or any person,” she said. “You should have every equal opportunity in the world.”

Lauren Strapagiel is Managing Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada.

Contact Lauren Strapagiel at lauren.strapagiel@buzzfeed.com.

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