NEW YORK—Hillary Clinton will not be taken off message. At least, not yet.
Despite dual scandals over the Clinton Foundation's foreign donors and Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email address while serving as secretary of State, Clinton kept her focus Monday in a speech for her "No Ceilings" project, limiting her remarks to the launch of the long-awaited report on women's equality.
But her message was swallowed almost immediately by news, first reported by Politico, that Clinton would likely address the email controversy more fully in days to come—possibly via press conference.
At Monday's event, however, Clinton stuck to a theme that has been central to her pre-campaign messaging: "There has never been a better time in history to be born female," Clinton said, lauding the progress that has been made since her famous "Women's Rights are Human Rights" speech at the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. But she noted that, in many respects, women still have a long way to go before reaching true equality with men across the globe.
Clinton appeared onstage with her daughter, Chelsea, at the start of the "No Ceilings" launch, speaking for a few minutes about the importance of equality and progress for women internationally. During the more than two-hour event, she also served as moderator for several short panels, which were largely brief, scripted speeches. And afterward, Clinton waved to the crowd as she walked to her car without commenting to reporters or responding to questions.