Chelsea Clinton says she’s become even more passionate about her work — thanks to a big change in her personal life.
“I really didn’t know that I could care any more passionately about everything that I care about until I became a mom — until I became a mom of a daughter,” she told Fusion’s Alicia Menendez in an interview in Miami last weekend.
The Clinton family had returned to the University of Miami for the annual edition of their Clinton Global Initiative’s CGI University event, which gathered more than 1000 young people dedicated to global change.
“It just makes everything all the more powerful. Because it’s now not just only our collective future, as women, that my mom and I and the Clinton Foundation are standing up for,” Chelsea Clinton continued. “But it’s also for my daughter’s future that we’re standing up for. And it just kind of lends even more urgency to the work that we’re doing.”
Clinton told Menendez that she’s seen “real progress” in her work with the Clinton Global Initiative, especially with women and young girls around the world. She noted that the maternal mortality rate has fallen more than 40 percent in the last 20 years, and the gap between young girls and boys in schools around the world has narrowed to a virtually non-existent level.
But she also noted the holes in the progress — more than 800 women per day, she said, die because of complications from pregnancy. And universities around the world feature only six women for every 10 men.
“In many ways, we’ve made real progress for women and girls across the world. But we can’t mistake progress for success,” Clinton said. “We still have a lot to do. We’ve made real progress, but there are still real gaps that remain.”
Clinton also talked to Menendez about her mother, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, her possible run for president in 2016, and new controversy surrounding the Clinton Foundation. Check out that story here and in the full interview above.