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 LeVaughn Robinson ObamaGeorge H.W. Bush in intensive care Michelle Obama congratulates duke and duchess of Cambridge on royal baby ‘Morning Joe’ host: Trump tweeting during Barbara Bush funeral ‘insulting’ to US 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 MathesonJames (Jim) David MathesonTrump's budget targets affordable, reliable power Work begins on T infrastructure plan New president, new Congress, new opportunity 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 Dubina RobyFive lawmakers facing tough primary races Trump meeting leaders of video game industry Former Moore campaign manager to challenge GOP rep in Alabama MORE (R-Ala.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Suzanne BonamiciSuzanne Marie BonamiciSpending bill prevents employers from pocketing tips under tip-pooling rule GOP chairman questions US funding for international cancer research agency Dems want info on Labor Dept hiding unfavorable report on impacts of tip-pooling rule MORE (D-Ore.).