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Hillary Clinton On A Female President: "Someday I Hope It Happens"

"It's not going to solve all our problems, but I think it would be a very strong statement," the former secretary of state says.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, and their daughter Chelsea Clinton appear on stage at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting Tuesday in New York.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told an audience at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting Tuesday afternoon that electing a woman to the White House would send "a very strong statement."

"Someday I hope it happens," she said with a smile, in response to a question from moderator Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a host on CNN.

Gupta asked Clinton, who is mulling a second bid for the presidency in 2016, how important it is to her personally to see a woman hold the position of commander in chief for the first time. The question, phrased in a way that made Clinton let loose a booming laugh, was Gupta's last of the afternoon at a panel on women's health.

"That is a question I will answer taking myself totally out of it," Clinton said, alongside three other panelists. "It is, for me, a part of a larger mission to expand participation and leadership among women around the world."

Clinton described the landmark goal as "symbolic," but added that "symbolism is efficacious."

"We have a lot of challenges," she said. "Electing one person, a woman, is not going to end those challenges, but it provides the kind of boost to the efforts that so many of us have been making for so long."

"So I guess the short answer is, I think it would be important," Clinton said. "It's not going to solve all our problems, but I think it would be a very strong statement that would be made to half our population, and half the world's population."

Ruby Cramer is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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