After taking a little break from the political spotlight, Hillary Clinton has returned, and she's no longer keeping quiet regarding her feelings on the current administration.
During a speech at the 100th anniversary gala for Planned Parenthood on Tuesday night, the former secretary of state took aim at the Republican party's recent attempts to to strip the organization of its federal funding, thereby making it harder for many women to access proper healthcare. Speaking at length about why Planned Parenthood is more important than ever, Clinton drew comparisons between the government's actions and the dystopian, sexist world of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, which was recently adapted into a TV show for Hulu.
"We come tonight to celebrate the last 100 years, the progress that so many generations have fought so hard for," she said during her speech, according to Glamour. "What a time it is to be holding this centennial. Just ask those who've been watching The Handmaid's Tale, a book I read and was captivated by years ago."
The former secretary of state went on to discuss how the book's adaptation couldn't have come at a better time, and how it's an excellent reminder to keep fighting back against any attack on women's rights, no matter how big or small.
"To paraphrase Margaret Atwood, 'We can never let them grind us down,'" Clinton said, referring to the book's Latin phrase "nolite te bastardes carborundorum"—which translates to "don't let the bastards grind you down."
"I'm not suggesting this dystopian future is around the corner, but the show has prompted an important conversation about women's rights and autonomy," she continued. "In The Handmaid's Tale, women's rights are gradually, slowly stripped away. As one character says, 'We didn't look up from our phones until it was too late.'"
Clinton, however, has hope that we can avoid this dark, harrowing future.
"It is not too late for us, but we have to encourage the millions of women and men who support Planned Parenthood's mission to keep fighting," she said. ""Progress is never fully won. It has to be renewed generation after generation. We stand on the shoulders of the women and men who came before us, and march alongside young activists who are leading the way forward."