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Hillary Clinton releases powerful new video for women and girls

'We need strong women to step up and speak out. We need you to dare greatly and lead boldly.'

Feb 7, 2017, 11:17 am*

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Michelle Jaworski

Hillary Clinton has a powerful message for women and girls in her first major video statement since President Donald Trump’s inauguration—and a rare statement since she lost the election.

The video, which she recorded to kick off the 2017 Makers Conference, emphasized the optimism she holds for the future despite the many hurdles that are and will be in the way of girls and women. The former first lady, senator, secretary of state, and Democratic presidential nominee applauded the efforts of women all over the world for planning the Women’s March, for which she previously voiced her support.

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“Despite all the challenges we face, I remain convinced that yes, the future is female,” Clinton said. “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.”

Clinton called for women to “step up and speak out” to set an example for other women and girls while she incorporated the conference’s theme, “Be Bold.” She then ended on a hopeful note echoing parts of her concession speech.

“We need strong women to step up and speak out. We need you to dare greatly and lead boldly,” she said. “So please, set an example for every women 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 you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world.”

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*First Published: Feb 7, 2017, 8:57 am