Tamika Mallory, co-founder of Women's March, said on Wednesday night that Sanders was the right choice to headline the first National Women's Convention in 40 years. On their website, it says the convention is supposed to bring together "thousands of women, femmes and our allies of all backgrounds", so they hired Bernie Sanders, a white man, to speak on opening night.
With the official theme of "Reclaiming Our Time", the Women's Convention is just the beginning of a political groundswell, showing that the rise of the woman IS the rise of the nation.
Numerous women taking part in that event wore t-shirts or held signs making reference to the 2016 presidential race won by Trump over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChris Murphy's profile rises with gun tragedies DNC, RNC step up cyber protections Gun proposal picks up GOP support MORE, who at one point was called a "nasty woman" by her GOP opponent.
The controversial decision to have a man, rather than a woman, address a crowd of more than 3,000 progressive activists at the event, billed as a continuation of the Women's March on Washington DC that was staged a day after President Donald Trump's inauguration in January, sparked a furious backlash on social media.
"The Women's March nucleus has been such a woman-led movement", she said. Maxine Waters, D-California, and Brenda Lawrence, D-Michigan.
Clinton was the first woman to become a major party's presidential nominee, and she is also the first woman to win the popular vote in a presidential election in the United States.
Mallory elaborated that while some female lawmakers won't be present, they still extended their support for the event. "So we can know what we need to do to be able organize". "Harris, Warren and (Kirsten) Gillibrand", Mallory said.
"I'm honored to join the women at the front lines of our struggle for economic, social, racial and environmental justice", Sanders said in a statement Thursday, according to Detroit Free Press. "In January, millions of women came out in an extraordinary and unprecedented display of power and resistance", Sanders said about speaking at the Women's Convention."Now more than ever, we must support the leadership of women across the country and fight together to advance our progressive agenda". "Although their schedules did not allow them to join us in Detroit the weekend of October 27, they will be fighting for our shared values, as they do every day".
Other speakers include MI gubernatorial candidates Gretchen Whitmer and Abdul El-Sayed, former MI state Rep. Rashida Tlaib and sitting state Rep. Stephanie Chang, D-Detroit.