In her first public, post-inauguration statement, Hillary Clinton recorded a powerful message for the Makers conference, giving girls and women hope and encouragement for the future. Because, in her words, "I remained convinced that, yes, the future is female."

Hillary Clinton continues to be an inspiring and admirable voice for the country, and particularly for women and girls. Her first post-inauguration statement, a video recorded for the Makers conference, is a continuation of the uplifting and hopeful messages of her presidential campaign.

I’m proud to be a Maker, and to support Makers’ mission to share women’s stories and celebrate women’s vital roles in the past, present, and future of our country. Despite all the challenges we face, I remain convinced that, yes, the future is female. Just look at the amazing energy we saw last month, as women organized a march that galvanized millions of people all over our country and across the world. Now more than ever, we need to stay focused on the theme of this year’s conference: Be bold. 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, opportunities, and values will endure. 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. So, thank you, Makers!

Clinton has again shown us her grace and compassion, and character worth emulating. And her message is much-needed, today and every day going forward.