Former Rep. Gabby Giffords told the crowd at an EMILY’s List dinner Tuesday evening, "I am still fighting to make the world a better place."
The Arizona Democrat, who was shot in the head in a 2011 massacre at her Tucson campaign event, delivered her remarks at an event honoring powerful Democratic female lawmakers.
This was Giffords' first time addressing the dinner in person. Back in 2012, she delivered her remarks for the event in a pre-recorded video.
“Be passionate. Be courageous. Be your best," she said to thundering applause.
EMILY’s List, which backs pro-abortion-rights Democratic women, honored California Democratic Sens. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerSenators seek to boost women in international forces Overnight Energy: Senate approves Flint aid | Union chief backs Dakota pipeline White House proxy fight breaks out on Senate floor MORE and Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinOvernight Tech: Pressure builds ahead of TV box vote | Intel Dems warn about Russian election hacks | Spending bill doesn't include internet measure Intel Dems: Russia making 'serious effort' to influence US election GOP senators: Obama rebuffed negotiations on 9/11 bill MORE for their leadership in the Senate. Boxer serves as chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and Feinstein is chairwoman of the Select Committee on Intelligence.
Two other Arizona Democrats, Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick and Kyrsten Sinema, introduced Giffords and also participated in the awards celebration.