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.

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

Tina Chen, the chief of staff to first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle ObamaDems, GOP bicker via official Twitter accounts Bill Maher to Dems: 'When they go low, you go lower' Lily Collins shares letter from Michelle Obama 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 MathesonWork begins on T infrastructure plan New president, new Congress, new opportunity First black GOP woman in Congress wins reelection 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 RobyGOP lawmakers push back against Club for Growth ads on border tax Border tax fight intensifies on Tax Day Calling the 'comp time bill' a scam is putting it gently MORE (R-Ala.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Suzanne BonamiciSuzanne BonamiciA guide to the committees: House Liberal Dems warn against narrow focus on rural or coastal voters 'Will on the Hill' pokes fun at 2016 election MORE (D-Ore.).