By Katie Reilly
November 17, 2016

In her first remarks since delivering her concession speech last week, Hillary Clinton on Wednesday urged Americans to continue fighting for values they believe in.

“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,” she said at the annual gala for the Children’s Defense Fund. “The divisions laid bare by this election run deep, but please listen to me when I say this. America is worth it. Our children are worth it. Believe in our country, fight for our values and never, ever give up.”

Clinton’s first job out of law school was for Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman, who introduced her at the gala.

“I will admit, coming here tonight wasn’t the easiest thing for me,” Clinton said, reflecting on her loss in the presidential election. “There have been a few times this past week when all I wanted to do was just to curl up with a good book or our dogs and never leave the house again. But, if there is anyone who knows how to pick yourself up and get back on your feet and get to work, it is Marian.”

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