Hillary Clinton in Post-Election Speech: "Never, Ever Give Up"

Hillary Clinton made her first public speech Wednesday since her concession speech last week. And where better to share such a moment than at the place that ignited her career: the Children's Defense Fund.

Their annual gala event honored Clinton for a lifetime of service, and in her speech, she acknowledged the challenge of being in public, while also reinforcing the important idea to "never, ever give up."

"Service is the rent we pay for living," Clinton told the crowd. "You don't get to stop paying rent just because things didn't go your way."

In that acknowledgment, she also added, she sometimes just wants to curl up and never leave the house.

"I know this isn't easy. I know that over the past week a lot of people have asked themselves whether America is the country we thought it was…But please listen to me when I say this: America is worth it," Clinton said.

According to Cosmopolitan, Clinton never cited the president-elect by name in her speech — she only occasionally noted the controversial policies that fueled his rise to the White House.

She also reigned it back to the Children's Defense Fund's role in her life as her "north star," specifically appreciating the work from founder and MAKER Marian Wright Edelman.

"We love her and we appreciate all the hard work she has done and say it’s not going to be for naught," Edelman said, thanking Clinton. "We're going to say that she is the people's president."

Clinton empowered the audience and encouraged her backers to "stay engaged on every level."

"We need you. America needs your energy," she said.

Watch the full video of her speech below, along with her exclusive MAKERS story in the video player above.

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