Hillary Clinton headlines NY women's conference
NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton, in a rousing speech Friday about improving the future of women across the globe, gave no hint of plans for her own future. But that didn't mean everyone in the audience wasn't thinking about it.
"Of course, the big question now about Hillary is what's next," quipped Tina Brown, editor of Newsweek and the Daily Beast, as she introduced the former secretary of state and possible 2016 presidential candidate to the annual Women in the World summit.
The crowd at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater responded with cheers.
Two months after stepping down as secretary of state, Clinton re-emerged this week with two major speeches — one in Washington on Tuesday and Friday's address to the high-profile women's conference, attended by celebrities including Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey. The speeches coincided with the announcement Thursday of her new memoir about her years as secretary of state.
This image released by Women in the World shows former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaking at the Women in the World Conference on Friday, April 5, 2013 in New York. Clinton said Friday that the rights of women represent "the unfinished business of the 21st century" in the United States and around the world, receiving a rapturous reception for one of her first speeches since departing the Obama administration. (AP Photo/Women in the World, Marc Bryan-Brown)
But rather than speak of her career, Clinton addressed the subject that she talks about each year at this summit: the state of women's rights. She concluded with her famous rallying cry: "Let's keep telling the world over and over again that yes, women's rights are human rights and human rights are women's rights, once and for all."