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Clinton to address women’s groups

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is returning to the public stage with her first speaking events since leaving the Obama administration.

Clinton is scheduled to speak Tuesday at the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards in Washington, an event honoring female leaders around the world. On April 5, she will address the Women in the World Summit in New York, an annual event focusing on challenges faced by women and girls worldwide. Clinton has addressed both organizations previously.

Clinton, a potential Democratic presidential candidate in 2016, left the State Department in February. The former first lady and New York senator announced her support for gay marriage last week in an online video released by the gay rights group Human Rights Campaign and is expected to begin a series of paid speaking engagements this spring.

The Economic Club of Grand Rapids, Mich., said Wednesday that Clinton would address its group at an annual dinner on June 17 for members and guests. Organizers said the event will be closed to the media. Former President Bill Clinton addressed the group in 2007.

Philippe Reines, a Clinton spokesman, said Clinton’s appearance at the awards event next week would mark her first public speaking event since leaving the State Department. Clinton was scheduled to present an award to Melanne Verveer, a longtime friend who served under Clinton as the first U.S. ambassador at-large for women’s issues.

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