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 ObamaMichelle Obama holds fitness 'bootcamps' for friends Obama marks Father’s Day: ‘I'm most proud to be Sasha and Malia's dad’ Obamas invited to be honorary football coach at University of Michigan 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 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.

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