Hillary Clinton has made a forceful step back into the spotlight following Donald Trump's presidential inauguration last month. In her first public statement since, Hillary shared an empowering message about women, saying that "the future is female". The former US secretary of state gave a video address for the 2017 Makers conference, an event aimed at sharing women's stories.
Hillary, 69, praised all those who took part in the women's marches last month, in response to Trump's inauguration. "Despite all the challenges we face, I remain convinced that yes, the future is female," she said. "Just look at the amazing energy we saw last month as women organised a march that galvanised millions of people all over our country and across the world. Now more than ever, we need to stay focused on the theme of this year's conference – Be Bold."
She added: "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."
Hillary has kept a relatively low-profile since her election loss to Donald Trump in November. But last week, the former First Lady revealed that she plans to write a book of personal essays, which will include her favourite quotations and her experience of running for president. She will also reissue her best-selling 1996 book, It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us, as an illustrated children's edition.