Clinton makes economic case for women

In what often sounded like a presidential stump speech, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense: Pompeo clears Senate panel, on track for confirmation | Retired officers oppose Haspel for CIA director | Iran, Syria on agenda for Macron visit George H.W. Bush in intensive care GOP chairmen say they have deal with Justice on documents MORE pitched advancing women's rights as a means of boosting economic growth during an address Thursday at Georgetown University in Washington.

The former secretary of State, who is widely expected to run for the White House in 2016, said that equal pay was a prerequisite for women to be properly included in the economy.

"We should never shy away from, or quit saying, that women's rights are human rights and human rights are women's rights," Clinton said, alluding to the famous speech she made in Beijing in 1995 while she was first lady.

"[But] there's also an economic case" to be made, Clinton added.

Clinton said that the faster women can participate fully in the economy, "the faster our economy will recover."

Her economic speech followed a misstep last week.

"Don't let anybody tell you that corporations and businesses create jobs," she said during a campaign event in Boston. Clinton walked back that remark earlier this week, saying that she had "shorthanded" her remarks and that the "economy grows when businesses and entrepreneurs create good-paying jobs here in America ... not when we hand out tax breaks for corporations that outsource jobs or stash their profits overseas."

She made no mention of the controversy during her speech Thursday, but she did say that there are still too many U.S. citizens struggling to get out of the recession.

"We still have millions of Americans who still haven't recovered their incomes," she said. "If we pay some extra attention to getting women in the economy, it will be good for everybody. ... We need to make some adjustments to our system to be better prepared."

Clinton touted her record at the State Department, saying that she used her position to advocate for women's rights around the world.

The half-hour-long speech was well-received by a crowd comprised mostly of students. Clinton received a standing ovation at its conclusion.

For Clinton, it hit her political sweet spot: women's rights with an economic twist. In what's become a regular feature in her recent appearances, she also referenced her newborn granddaughter, Charlotte.

Clinton said that she and her husband, former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonFeehery: The problem with the Dem wave theory After Dems stood against Pompeo, Senate’s confirmation process needs a revamp Support for Trump reelection mirrors Obama, Clinton in first terms: Gallup MORE, "worry about the world she'll inherit as an adult."

Clinton said Americans' futures shouldn't be determined by whether they hold a Georgetown degree or are a former president's granddaughter.