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Bernie Sanders to headline the Women's March Convention

Jacquelyn Martin / AP

Bernie Sanders, who many view as the leading voice of the grassroots progressive movement, is giving a speech on the opening night of the Women's Convention — even though he's a man.

The basics: The Women's March co-founders are hosting a three-day convention for more than 3,000 women and activists on Oct. 27 to "build political power" ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, said one of the co-founders, Tamika Mallory. The 13 other speakers released to the public are all women, many who are running for or currently hold public office.