Chelsea Clinton Turned A Joke At Her Mother's Expense Into An Empowering Call To Action

She's looking to the future.

Chelsea Clinton responded with grace to a joke about her mother during Variety's Power of Women New York Luncheon on Friday.

Clinton was one of six honorees at the event, along with Jessica Chastain, Gayle King, Blake Lively, Audra McDonald, Tina Knowles, and Shari Redstone. During the introduction, host Vanessa Bayer called the women "amazing," but couldn't resist adding a joke at Hillary Clinton's expense:

"And they all have one thing in common. None of their moms are president."

Bayer, who is a regular on Saturday Night Live, clearly meant the comment in good fun, but considering the focus of the event was celebrating powerful women, some felt it was a low blow — including the audience, who groaned.

When Clinton took the microphone to accept her award and speak about her efforts to fight childhood obesity with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, she didn't let Bayer's comment slide. Her response avoided snark, instead adopting a positive outlook on the future of women in politics:

"Vanessa, we may be able to say in this room today that no one's mother is currently president, but someday, someone's will be."

Recent statistics certainly back her up. The organization EMILY's List just revealed that it's heard from 11,000 women this year who are interested in running for office. Someday, one of those women — or even more — could be president.

During her speech, Clinton invoked advice she heard from her parents: "It's always better to get caught trying, than to have never tried at all."

Clinton has certainly lived up to that mantra. Since the election, the former first daughter has become increasingly vocal about politics, especially on Twitter. And while she insists she's not running for public office, she's doing her part to inspire future generations by publishing a new children's book, titled She Persisted, which highlights American women throughout history who made an impact on the world.

See Clinton's response to Bayer's joke in the video below:


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