Hillary Clinton's Latest Speech Sends An Empowering Message To America's Young Women

"They are the history makers, the glass ceiling breakers of tomorrow."

Hillary Clinton's public appearances have been rare since she lost the presidential election in November, but on Tuesday, one day ahead of International Women's Day, the former secretary of state took the time to deliver the keynote speech for the Girls Inc. annual New York Luncheon, where she received the 2017 Champion for Girls Award.

Clinton wore red to the event, which could be interpreted as a show of solidarity with Wednesday's International Women's Strike, or "Day Without a Woman." The color is associated with the movement, and women who are not able to stay home from work are encouraged to wear it to show their support.

As we've come to expect, Clinton's speech sent a powerful message — but she wasn't afraid to poke a little fun at herself as she talked about her recent "setbacks" and how she's dealt with them

"In the last months I have done my share of sleeping, a little soul searching and reflecting, long walks in the woods," she said, "and in those moments I am thankful for my own village, my community, and family and friends who have supported and encouraged me. And I've also been buoyed by the love and support that I have received by the young women I have mentored over my lifetime. They inspire me every day."

Clinton had an empowering message for these young women, and others like them. "In big ways and small, the unfinished business of the 21st century is the full equality of women," she said. "There are still too few women in the upper reaches of the private sector — academia, science, technology, not to mention politics and government."

She echoed her inspiring concession speech and asked those listening to do their part to "help more girls and young women see themselves at the highest reaches of every field," not to mention "shine a light on women who have contributed to our country, but whose stories have gone untold." She even mentioned the film Hidden Figures as an example. 

"Let us hope there is a wave of young women running for office in America, and let's be sure we support them in every way we can. Let's help them shatter stereotypes and lift each other up," she said in closing. "They are the history makers, the glass ceiling breakers of tomorrow. They are among the reasons I am so optimistic about our future."

(H/T: ABC News)

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