Hillary Clinton attended the Children's Defense Fund's Beat the Odds Gala on Wednesday night in Washington, D.C., where she delivered her first speech since conceding the election last week. It was an inspiring and emotional address in which she implored Americans not to lose faith.
Clinton admitted that appearing at the event "wasn't the easiest thing," adding, "There have been a few times this past week when all I wanted to do is just to curl up with a good book, or our dogs, and never leave the house again."
But that's not what she did. Instead, she showed up and shared why it is so important that we as a nation continue to fight for what is right — our children. Clinton made one thing very clear: "No child should be afraid to go to school because they're Latino, or African-American, or Muslim, or because they have a disability."
The former secretary of state became emotional when speaking about her mother, who was abandoned by her parents as a child and put on a train to California, where she was mistreated by her grandparents. Clinton said she wishes she could speak to her mother on that train and tell her about her future:
"I dream of going up to her, and sitting next to her, and taking her in my arms, and saying, 'Look, look at me and listen. You will survive. You will have a family of your own — three children. And as hard as it might be to imagine, your daughter will grow up to be a United States senator, represent our country as secretary of state, and win more than 62 million votes for president of the United States.'"
Although we can't go back in time, Clinton acknowledged, we can look to the future and make sure it's a bright one for our country's children. She knows that this is a difficult time for many people, and it may be hard to say hopeful, but she shared a positive message to help us move forward:
"I know that over the past week, a lot of people have asked themselves whether America was the country we thought it was. The divisions laid bare by this election run deep, but please listen to me when I say this: America is worth it. Our children are worth it. Believe in our country, fight for our values, and never, ever give up."