Angela Rye, Amber Tamblyn, Symone Sanders, Stacey Abrams, Nina Turner, US Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA), Stephanie Schriock, Ai-jen Poo, Aida Hurtado, Lenore Anderson, US Representative Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), Stephanie Chang, Raquel Castañeda Lopez, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Sarah Eagle Heart, Rashida Tlaib, Brittney Packnett, Nomiki Konst, Winnie Wong, Stosh Cotler, Leah Greenberg, and the Women's March co-chairs Bob Bland, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory.
Members of the convention's local host committee say it makes sense that the convention, which is the first of its kind, is being held in Detroit given how numerous same issues affecting the city - tranpsortation, education and criminal justice - are challenges across the country.
Some Twitter users put together a list of high-profile female politicians and activisst who could have delivered the keynote speech instead of Sanders, among them Harvey Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan; former first lady Michelle Obama; US Supreme Court justices Sonya Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg; Hillary Clinton and Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris.
"I think that right now, no one can deny that Bernie Sanders is probably one of the most powerful USA senators. on progressive issues, women's issues, mobilizing millennials". "He is really in line with the principles of the Women's March".
The Women's March gained notoriety in January when thousands of women descended on Washington, D.C.to protest Donald Trump's inauguration.
Many others suggested that Sanders should be replaced as speaker, and recommended qualified women for the job.
But the news provoked some negative reactions on social media.
At a 2015 Democratic debate hosted by CNN, Sanders said: "As a senator from a rural state, what I can tell Secretary Clinton, that all the shouting in the world is not going to do what I would hope all of us want, and that is keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have those guns and end this awful violence that we are seeing".
Of the 39 speakers chosen for the conference, only two are men, including Sanders. Sanders denied that his comments were sexist.
The event's organizers issued a statement Wednesday following the heavy backlash present on social media over Sanders. "It got ugly and more than a little sexist", wrote Clinton. The individual who kicks off an event often becomes the "face" of the event.
Sanders disavowed sexism among his supporters during a CNN interview in February 2016, saying: "We don't want that crap". This would be the first Women's Convention held in 40 years. We don't need a man to delineate our mission.