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Chicago (CNN) – Hillary Clinton burst back onto the political scene Thursday, delivering an expansive speech that kicked off the two-day Clinton Global Initiative meeting in Chicago.
In her remarks, the former secretary of state formally announced the group her husband founded more than a decade ago would be renamed to include both herself and daughter Chelsea, making it the official family business. And she described in relative detail the three areas she'll focus on at the organization: early childhood development, expanding opportunities for women and girls, and improving economic development around the world.
The enthusiastic crowd reacted the loudest when the former presidential candidate – and potential 2016 White House hopeful – declared one of her goals was to help women around the world become more engaged in the political process.
"When women participate in politics, the effects ripple out across society," Clinton said to applause and cheers.