Hillary Clinton encouraged women to "stand up, resist, and run for office" in a new Snapchat video message for International Women's Day, where the former Democratic presidential candidate also debuted a new look.
"Every issue is a women's issue," said Clinton, 69, who ran against President Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race. After her loss to Trump in November, the former secretary of state has largely stayed out of the public eye, barring a handful of public appearances, including a recent speech at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Daily Mail reports.
In her speech, which celebrated the 16th anniversary of the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards, Clinton gave remarks about empowering women, as well as encouraging women to resist policies that they disagree with, and to run for office, while showing off a new shorter pixie haircut and a bright red jacket.
"International Women's Day is always important, but this year it feels even more significant," Clinton said in her speech, telling women to "never lose your optimism, your persistence, and your resistance."
"We can build the future we envisioned when we started on this journey with Vital Voices two decades ago, for women, for girls around the world and for us here at home," Clinton said.
The former first lady's speech also marked the public debut of her new blond pixie haircut with bangs, which signals a change from the restrained, pushed-back cut she wore on the campaign trail. Clinton paired the new hairstyle with a statement red lip and bright crimson top with a Peter Pan collar.
Social media users noticed the politician's new hairstyle, tweeting their thoughts on her new look, Hollywood Life reports.
"I'm going to go to the hair salon and be like give me the Hillary Clinton blonde plz," tweeted one user.
"Hillary Clinton's new hair is a game-changer," said another.
While Hillary hasn't publicly spoken about her post-election plans, her Kennedy Center speech may hint that she will continue to focus on female empowerment and gender equality, according to Politico.
"Let us hope there is a wave of young women running for office in America," said Clinton at a luncheon on March 8, where she accepted an award from nonprofit Girls Inc. "And let’s be sure we support them in every way we can. Let’s help them shatter stereotypes and lift each other up."
"Keep fighting, and keep the faith, and I'll be right there with you, every step of the way," Clinton said in her Snapchat message.