Bernie Sanders has been chosen to headline the opening night of the first national Women’s Convention in 40 years, a decision that has left a number of prominent feminists questioning why organizers didn’t choose a woman to feature instead. Tamika Mallory, the Women’s March co-president, justified the decision by saying that Sanders was “really in line with the principles of the Women’s March … on progressive issues, women’s issues, mobilizing millennials.” But many women and prominent feminists, evidently, felt more than a little perturbed that the historic women’s convention would be opened by a man, and they took to social media to voice their dismay.
And it’s not surprising why many, many people, including Hillary Clinton supporters, are lashing out at the Women’s March organizers. More than 65 million Americans voted for Clinton in the 2016 election, who, incidentally is the first woman in American history to win a major party presidential nomination. According to Mallory, Clinton’s schedule didn’t permit for her to appear at the rally, but an outcry erupted after the Women’s March conspicuously left Clinton’s name off a list of 28 women described as “revolutionary leaders who paved the way for us to march.”
Mallory spoke up on Twitter to respond to critics and aggressively defended the decision to have Sanders headline, pointing out that only two of the 60 speakers currently on the schedule are men.
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