Hillary Clinton made her first appearance since the inauguration and rather than call for unity she called on women leaders to ‘step up and speak out’ against President Donald Trump and his administration.
In footage from the 2017 MAKERS conference, Clinton talked about breaking glass ceilings and the Women’s Marches that took place last month, Daily Mail reports.
‘Despite all the challenges we face, I remain convinced that, yes, the future is female,’ she said.
This was Clinton’s first on-camera statement since President Donald Trump won the presidential election last month.
She added: ‘Just look at the amazing energy we saw last month as women organized a march that galvanized millions of people all over our country and across the world.
‘Now more than ever we need to stay focused on this year’s conference: Be bold. We need strong women to step up and speak out. We need you to dare greatly and lead boldly.
‘So please, set an example for every woman and girl out there who’s worried about what the future holds and wonders whether our rights, opportunities and values will endure.
‘And remember, you are the heroes and history makers, the glass ceiling breakers of the future. As I’ve said before, I’ll say again, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world.’
MAKERS is a platform that gives women the opportunity to share their stories. Their annual conference, with the theme ‘Be Bold’, is being held this week at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
Despite losing the presidential election to Trump last year, Clinton still has big plans for 2017.
She is working on a collection of personal essays that will touch on the 2016 presidential campaign, Simon & Schuster told The Associated Press last week.
The book, currently untitled, is scheduled for this fall and will be inspired by favorite quotations she has drawn upon. Clinton also will reissue her best-selling It Takes a Village in an illustrated edition for young people.
This spring, Clinton will return to her old stomping grounds at Wellesley College to give the commencement address.
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