04/20/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Girls' Night In: Michelle Obama Hosts Dinner For Daughters, Students, Celebrities (PHOTOS)

On Thursday afternoon, Michelle Obama and her celebrity guests discussed career goals with students at Anacostia High School and high schools all over the Washington, D.C. area to celebrate Women's History Month. Read more and see pictures of that visit here.

Later that evening the first lady held a dinner at the White House for 110 local high school girls.

From AP:

"You guys are future leaders of this nation," Mrs. Obama told her guests in the East Room. "And we're counting on you. In so many ways, we're counting on you. So the question is: Are you ready?"

She told the young women they must respect themselves and each other, and that each of them is special and could learn from the female leaders. She was joined by her mother, Marian Robinson, and her two daughters who "never want to do anything with me," Obama joked.

Her message was simple: "Go for it. Don't hesitate. Don't act in fear. Just go for it."