12/10/2010 03:24 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Hillary Rodham Clinton Speaks at TEDWomen (VIDEO)

The U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, made a surprise appearance at TEDWomen on Wednesday, Dec. 8. "The United States," she begins, "has made empowering women and girls a cornerstone of our foreign policy." In the 16-minute talk below, she details why it's of vital international importance that every girl in the world get a chance to pursue her hopes and dreams. (Recorded at TEDWomen, December 2010 in Washington, D.C. Duration: 16:17.)