Hillary Clinton doesn't want to talk about politics, and that's perfectly fine—for now.
Speaking at Georgetown University on Thursday, Clinton addressed women's economic empowerment.
She told a story about a trip she made to India with a group of economists. Clinton said she noticed many women were working in the street markets or hauling water.
"How do you evaluate women's contributions to the economy?" she recalled asking. One economist responded that they didn't because women don't participate in the formal economy.
"What would happen if women stopped working in the informal economy?" Clinton asked, and suggested that the economy would screech to a halt.
"Well, yes, that is a point," the economist replied. The Georgetown audience laughed at the anecdote.
The anecdote dovetails nicely with Clinton's semi-new stump-speech thesis: that by empowering women across the economic spectrum, the world succeeds.
It's an argument echoed in her speeches for female candidates like Martha Coakley, Jeanne Shaheen, Staci Appel, and Mary Burke. At an event for Coakley on Monday, Clinton made an economic observation that got her in some trouble.
"Don't let anybody tell you it's corporations and businesses that create jobs," she said. "You know that old theory—trickle-down economics. That has been tried; that has failed. It has failed rather spectacularly."