Chelsea Clinton comes to KC for Women's Hall of Fame

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Chelsea Clinton arrived in Kansas City Monday to help launch the new "Starr Women's Hall of Fame" at the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

The former first daughter told the sold-out crowd she knows a few things about female trailblazers. Clinton said her famous family has a motto: "If you can make a difference, you have an obligation to try".
        
Her parents, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, follow that advice, she said, and now,  so does the former first daughter. Clinton works with her parents on projects around the world.

"I'm unapologetically biased towards my parents... my mother, my grandmother, my family," she told the crowd.
 
Clinton did not talk about her mother's future in politics even though there is a lot of speculation that Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016. A recent Gallup poll shows 50 percent of people polled have a favorable opinion of the former first lady. A CNN-ORC poll found seven out of 10 democrats and left-leaning independents would vote for the former first lady if she ran.

Clinton applauded UMKC'S new Starr Women's Hall of Fame, named after late Kansas City women's philanthropist Martha Jane Starr. She founded the University's Women's Council at a time when equal opportunity wasn't so equal.

"We need more young girls to imagine themselves as the next Martha Jane Phillips-Starr or the next Hillary Rodham-Clinton." said the younger Clinton. "Ok, you can applaud to that...I hope you feel like that about someone in your own life."

UMKC believes hall of famers should come from all walks of life and backgrounds and do not need a famous last name.

"We don't want to lose sight of these tremendous women leaders in our community. We don't want to miss one of them," said Starr Women's Hall of Fame co-chair Laurie Roberts. "(Their) histories can be researched and their stories and personal papers can be discovered."

The Starr Women's Hall of Fame exists only online right now with its 23-member board hoping to one day build a facility on campus.

Clinton asked the crowd, "What's possible for your future?"

She said without institutions like the Starr Women's Hall of Fame, it is difficult for women, particularly young women and girls, to imagine what they can't see.

"Institutions like this are important because they help young people close that imagination gap between what they are inspired to do and their ability to imagine themselves actually doing it ... whatever it is," she said.

Nominees for the Starr Women's Hall of Fame can be submitted via the group's website. The first class of inductees will be named in the Fall.

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