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Hillary Clinton Made Her First Public Speech Since Losing the Election, & It Was Inspiring

Everyone has a tough week once in a while, and this includes Hillary Clinton—who may have had the toughest week of any of us. In her first public speech since conceding to Donald Trump at the end of the 2016 presidential election, Clinton said at a Washington D.C. charity gala, “There have been a few times this past week when all I wanted to do is just to curl up with a good book or our dogs and never leave the house again.”

Although sharing her own disappointment only makes Clinton seem more human, the point of her speech was far from self-pity. Being honored by the Children’s Defense Fund for her years of service, Clinton used the opportunity to share inspirational words and talk about her late mother’s influence, NBC News reports.

“I dream of going up to her…and taking her in my arms and saying, ‘Look, look at me, and listen,’” Clinton said. “’You will survive…And as hard as it might be to imagine, your daughter will grow up to be a United States Senator, represent our country as Secretary of State and win more than 62 million votes for president of the United States.’”

She also had a few words of advice for those feeling down since Trump’s presidential win. “America is worth it. Our children are worth it,” Clinton shared. “Believe in our country, fight for our values and never, ever give up. Service is the rent we pay for living. You don’t get to stop paying rent just because things didn’t go your way.”

If we needed any more motivation to make a kind of peace with election results and try to fight for what’s best, let Clinton’s speech be a sign.

Kristen is a 2017 graduate of Siena College with a degree in English and minors in Writing & Communications and Journalism. Although she constantly pines for life in London after studying there for a semester, she calls New York home for now. In addition to previously working as a writer and Senior Editor for Her Campus Siena, she has worked for Her Campus as a News and Pop Culture blogger and a national editorial intern. Kristen has previously written for New York Minute, London's Health and Fitness, and Electronic Products. She makes far too many references to "Friends" and the British royal family. Her blog, where she talks about books, TV, and film, can be found at Bookworms and Fangirls. Follow her on Twitter @kperroney.
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