Clinton: Women's voices 'have never been more vital'
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonYang expands campaign with senior hires for digital operations Top GOP legislator in California leaves party GOP senators request interview with former DNC contractor to probe possible Ukraine ties MORE made a public appearance to honor women at an event in Washington on Wednesday.

Clinton spoke on International Women’s Day at the 16th annual Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards, a women’s leadership organization which she founded as first lady. 

"Our voices have always been vital, but they have never been more vital than they are right now. Not just in faraway countries, but right here," Clinton said, according to reports, to the female leaders gathered at the event.

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Clinton wore red to the event at the Kennedy Center, the official color for the “Day Without a Woman” strike that took place on International Women’s Day.

"International Women’s Day is always important, but this year it feels even more significant," she said. "A day to recognize that women have always been on the front lines of the most important fights unfolding around us.”

“Never lose your optimism, your persistence and your resistance,” she added.

Clinton reportedly received a standing ovation following her remarks.

The appearance follows Clinton's remarks at the Girl's Inc. women's empowerment event in New York on Tuesday.