Women of both parties push for girls to have a running start

Bipartisanship and cooperation were the themes of their remarks.

"Now if we could just get all of you to run for office," McMorris Rodgers told the crowd.

"It's really critical we strengthen the bond of sisterhood," Wasserman Schultz noted.

Tina Chen, the chief of staff to first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle ObamaMalia Obama to attend Harvard after gap year Pre-WHCD speakeasy bash draws athletes, Hollywood bigwigs and Washington insiders The Hill kicks off WHCD festivities with star-studded bash MORE, recalled working to recruit women to run for local office in Cook County, pointing out that one of their first successes was now-Rep. Jan Schawkowsky (D-Ill.), who was in attendance.

Love, who lost a tough race to Rep. Jim MathesonJim MathesonBottom Line Washington's lobby firms riding high Big names free to lobby in 2016 MORE (D-Utah) last year, spoke of the importance of public service. She has filed candidacy papers for 2014 but has not officially announced another congressional bid.

Gabbard urged the younger women in the audience not to let their age stop them.

Yousafzai, who was shot in the head and neck in October, was unable to attend because she is still recovering from her injuries.

Also honored was Random Kid Inc. CEO Talia Leman, a 17 year old who raised more than $10 million for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

Spotted in the crowd: Reps. Martha RobyMartha RobyTea Party group backs challenge to House Transportation chairman Dannenfelser: ‘Active antagonism’ on International Women’s Day House GOP chairman narrowly survives primary challenge MORE (R-Ala.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Suzanne BonamiciSuzanne BonamiciRep. Ellison challenges Ryan to bring Muslim guest to SOTU House votes to start No Child Left Behind talks with Senate Obama warns of power grid's lagging cyber defenses MORE (D-Ore.).

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