Hillary Tells College Students: High School Dropouts Part of ‘Our Web of Responsibility’

By Penny Starr | October 30, 2014 | 6:05 PM EDT

Former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke on Oct. 30, 2014 at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) – Former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told students at Georgetown University on Thursday that they should believe in not only their own potential but of those who may not have a high school diploma who are part of “our web of responsibility.”

Clinton told the students that she and former President Bill Clinton always believed in “an unlimited potential out there.”

“And that’s what I want you to believe,” Clinton said. “But not just you.

“People your age, not very far from here,” Clinton said. “Maybe didn’t finish high school. Maybe are in the workforce.”

“Could not dream of being in this magnificent Gaston Hall,” Clinton said, referencing the historic college’s ornate meeting hall. “But who are part of our larger community; our web of responsibility.”

“We will do so much better if we remember that we should find a way to help everybody,” Clinton said.

Clinton spoke at the university to re-launch the International Women’s Business Leadership Council, which Clinton established in 2012 while secretary of state to focus on “economic empowerment” of women around the world.

The council is now part of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, which Clinton also created in 2011 during her tenure as Secretary of State as the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security at Georgetown University, at which time she also announced the creation of the institute.

Bill Clinton earned his undergraduate degree at Georgetown, Hillary noted during her remarks.

“You’re getting great preparation here at Georgetown – one of the premiere places for your education,” Clinton said. “But you should not have to be someone who goes to Georgetown or in our case the granddaughter of a former president who also happened to go to Georgetown.”

“To be given the tools and to have the support of your community as well as your family,” Hillary said, adding that both she and the former president had “extraordinary opportunities” in their lifetimes.

“We will do so much better if we remember that we should find a way to help everybody,” Clinton said in her remarks. “And this council is looking specifically at how we help girls and women to fulfill their own economic potential.”

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