Clinton: 'The future is female’

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFBI’s top lawyer believed Hillary Clinton should face charges, but was talked out of it Harris adds key Clinton aide, women of color to 2020 campaign: report Democrats more likely Trump's foil, than to foil Trump MORE praised the recent Women’s March on Washington as evidence of a bright tomorrow for women.

“Despite all the challenges we face, I remain convinced that, yes, the future is female,” she said Monday in her first video statement since President Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration.

“Just look at the amazing energy last month as women organized a march that galvanized millions of people all over our country and across the world,” the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee continued.

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“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.”

Clinton’s video was recorded as part of the 2017 Makers Conference, which began Monday and will run until Wednesday in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.  

The former secretary of State said the event’s purpose is to “share women’s stories and celebrate women’s vital roles in the past, present and future of our country.”

“Now more than ever, we need to stay focused on the theme of this year’s conference — be bold,” Clinton said. "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, our opportunities and our values will endure," the former first lady added.

The Women’s March on Washington last month drew some 500,000 demonstrators to D.C. on the day after Trump’s inauguration and an estimated 3 million people in cities worldwide.

Participants targeted Trump on issues including women’s healthcare, reproductive rights and civil liberties.

Clinton announced last week that she is penning a book of personal essays that will cover “her experiences in the 2016 presidential campaign” against Trump.