Hillary Clinton hopes there is 'wave of young women running for office in America'

Hillary Clinton may not know which candidate she wants to see in the White House next, but she knows she wants to see more women running for office.

The former Democratic presidential nominee emphasized the importance of young women taking an active part in politics while speaking at an event in New York on Tuesday.

"Let us hope there is a wave of young women running for office in America," Clinton said during the event a day before International Women's Day. "And let's be sure we support them, in every way we can. Let's help them shatter stereotypes and lift each other up. They are the history-makers and glass-ceiling breakers of tomorrow. They are among the reasons I am so optimistic about our future."

The former secretary of state also poked a little fun at her own setbacks during the event hosted by the nonprofit organization Girls Inc., according to Politico. She credited her family, friends and supporters, including young women she has mentored, for her ability to move on from the loss.

Hillary Clinton through the years

"Now, I have had my ups and my downs," said Clinton. "In the last months I have done my share of sleeping, a little soul searching and reflecting, long walks in the woods and in those moments I am thankful for my own village, my community and family and friends who have supported and encouraged me. I have also been buoyed by the love and support that I have received by the young women I have mentored over my lifetime. They inspire me every day."

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Clinton became the first woman to win the presidential nomination of a major political party in 2016. While she won the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, Clinton ultimately lost the election to President Donald Trump in a 306 to 232 Electoral College defeat.

Clinton, who has remained largely under the radar since the Nov. 8 election, has been committing to more and more speaking engagements. Some have speculated a potential run for office, however those close to Clinton say that is unlikely.