Elle honors 10 at annual 'Women in Washington' event
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It was an estrogen-filled power dinner of epic proportions on Wednesday, as lawmakers and Washington VIPs gathered to celebrate Elle magazine’s “Women in Washington Power List.”

Among the 10 women honored at the annual fete: Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.); Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiPressure builds to secure health care data Trump plan to strip public land conservation fund gets bipartisan pushback GOP lawmakers want Mulvaney sidelined in budget talks MORE (R-Alaska) and Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOvernight Health Care: Trump officials defend changes to family planning program | Senators unveil bipartisan package on health costs | Democrats pass T spending bill with HHS funds Chris Murphy may oppose bipartisan health bill unless it addresses ObamaCare 'sabotage' Key senators release bipartisan package to lower health care costs MORE (D-Wash.); Republican Main Street Partnership President Sarah Chamberlain; NBC News correspondent Katy Tur; PBS “NewsHour” anchor Judy Woodruff; Natural Resources Defense Council President Rhea Suh; Malala Fund president Meighan Stone; BET Networks CEO Debra Lee; and National Museum of African American History chief curator Jacquelyn Days Serwer.

“This is our seventh ‘Women in Washington,’ celebrating women with power in the ultimate power town,” Elle editor-in-chief Robbie Myers told the crowd.


“Men and women always ask me, ‘Why does a fashion magazine cover politics?’” Meyers said.  "And I say, because the definition of fashion is very simply, ‘that which is current.’”

With the battle over the fate of ObamaCare brewing and President Trump’s wiretapping claim dominating the headlines, guests were buzzing about politics as they mixed and mingled.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) explained how she’s accrued a hefty Twitter following in recent weeks, particularly since tweeting earlier this week, “Get ready for impeachment.”

“I went from 147,000 followers and now I’m up to I think 185,000 today,” Waters told ITK. (As of Thursday morning, she had 198,000.)

Waters, 78, described her social media fans as mostly millennials, saying, “They like it when I really confront Trump and talk about impeachment.”

And the younger set — who she says dubbed her “Auntie Maxine” — has taught her a few terms. “Stay woke!” she exclaimed to ITK before guests were ushered to their chairs for a seated dinner.

Also eyed at the exclusive event: NBC News’s Andrea Mitchell; Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) and Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.); CNN’s Dana Bash, Kate Bennett and Gloria Borger; Kimball Stroud; Veluxe founder Susanna Quinn; Washington Life’s Virginia Coyne and Janet Donovan; Kathleen Biden; Juleanna Glover; Tammy Haddad; Kelley McCormick; Bottega Veneta CEO of the Americas Dr. Gerrit Ruetzel; PBS’s Nick Masella; Pam Stevens; Heather Podesta; AFL-CIO building and construction trades department chief of staff Mike Monroe; Rebecca Cooper; Elizabeth Thorp; NBC4’s Eun Yang; Natalie Jones; and Amy Baier.