Gwen Wilson is a resident of rural Sandy Cove in Nova Scotia and was one of a handful of protestors marching for equality and political change on Saturday. The town population boasts 65 permanent residents, but don't let the meager number fool you. The community is full of passionate individuals emboldened by Trump's controversial policies to take a stand.
They considered their demonstration "small but mighty."
Last year, Wilson participated in the Women's March and was showered with praise via emails and on social media for doing her part to propagate social change. This year, the community was ready to take action with additional protestors after having discussions on patriarchy, misogyny, and Canadian politics, leading up to the march.
Wilson was joined by more supporters which doubled the number of participants to 32, including a toddler.
I think people were surprised that in a very small, isolated rural community that we were concerned enough about what was going on in the world … that we felt it was important enough to make a stand.
The community gathered in preparation for the Women's March.
The “small but mighty” #womensmarch in Sandy Cove is getting ready. We have to wait for the ferry to come in from t… https://t.co/nzhOEWtZSN— Marina v Stackelberg (@Marina v Stackelberg)1516467110.0
On my way to the “small but mighty” women’s march in Sandy Cove, Digby Neck: We can be a force':1 year later, women… https://t.co/enzDNSaKwC— Marina v Stackelberg (@Marina v Stackelberg)1516452747.0
They may be a small army, but they're a passionate one.
#womensmarch in Sandy Cove, NS in full swing. They doubled their numbers from last year: 31 people plus one baby!… https://t.co/FzAfC5NVqK— Marina v Stackelberg (@Marina v Stackelberg)1516467669.0
The procession stretched along Highway 217, the main road that cuts through the town.
Here’s the small but mighty #womensmarch in the remote community of Sandy Cove, NS. (Pop: 65) Organizers say it doe… https://t.co/XjL6pUhRP6— Marina v Stackelberg (@Marina v Stackelberg)1516469372.0
But the active members know that change doesn't happen when the march ends. After much talk about the issues plaguing their neighbors down south, the small community knew prolonged action was necessary.
The march was one thing but then to get them to step out and sit down in a room with other people whom they knew and talk about these very weighty subjects, was I think quite an accomplishment. I think it's fair to say this is a very conservative community and we feel we've opened a few eyes and ears.
"I think it's fair to say this is a very conservative community and we feel we've opened a few eyes and ears," Wilson added.
Halifax is the nearest town that held the largest march in Nova Scotia, a two-and-a-half hour drive away from Sandy Cove. Hundreds participated in the event, including Rana Zaman, who told CBC News that the march also demonstrated solidarity with people of color, and the LGBT and transgender communities.
We should all be in the same tent, as people and fellow beings we should be supportive of one another just like the men should not be doing what they're doing to the women, and this is what the march is about: the injustices against women.
People lauded the small march from afar.
@CBCMarina @CBCNS Thank you, Canada! From Eau Gallie Florida! 🇨🇦💕🇺🇸 https://t.co/Pw4FUY5ydZ— KelleyJ (@KelleyJ)1516482155.0
@CBCMarina @CBCNS @CBCNews Small but mighty! #WomensMarch2018 nyc is with you!— Greg Pliska (@Greg Pliska)1516470700.0
@WomensMarchCDA @CBCMarina @CBCNS Def with you!!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep going!!!!! Love this— Jcexpress (@Jcexpress)1516480586.0
@br_myers 32 women and a baby out of a community of 65. Go Sandy Cove!— elaine47 (@elaine47)1516503936.0
✊ https://t.co/7kw1tZLG1s— Laura Krabappel (@Laura Krabappel)1516469153.0