Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday night that the next election will set the stage for "a lot of what can and should be done."
Addressing a crowd at the Women in the World Summit in New York, Clinton said the partisanship of the nation's political system is causing the country to march backward in time.
She added: "We have an election coming up this year. And we ought to be paying attention to that because that will set the parameters for a lot of what can and should be done."
She largely resisted talking about her own political future; Clinton is considered a likely candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.
"You run the best race you can run; you hand off the baton," she said of her time at the State Department. "Some of what hasn't been finished may go on to be finished."
Clinton cautioned there is a double standard in politics between men and women, and blamed the media as one of the main drivers. Striking a popular refrain, she said woman must develop a thick skin.
"The double standard is alive and well, and I think, in many respects, the media is the principle propagator of its persistence,” she said.