Vogue writer: Photo excluding Williamson should not be seen as 'some kind of cat fight'
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The author of a Vogue magazine piece that left presidential hopeful Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonMarianne Williamson says she supports Yang in Iowa caucuses Patrick backs reparations in unveiling 'Equity Agenda for Black Americans' Marianne Williamson drops out of 2020 race MORE out of a photo of female 2020 Democratic candidates said the decision was not a meant to be a “cat fight.”

“I think it’s sort of unfortunate that in a very historic photo, historic election year, six women with a real shot at the presidency, there has been a tendency to try to make it into some kind of cat fight or mean girls excluding,” Amy Chozick, author of the Vogue piece “Madam President? Five Candidates on What It Will Take to Shatter the Most Stubborn Glass Ceiling,” told CNN. “Which is unfortunate and something that I think dogs women in general, not just women running for office.”

Chozick mentions Williamson in the article, but she was not interviewed and she is not included in a now-viral photo of the other five female candidates: Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements Harris on 2020 endorsement: 'I am not thinking about it right now' Panel: Is Kamala Harris a hypocrite for mulling a Joe Biden endorsement? MORE (D-Calif.), Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharOvernight Energy: Sanders scores highest on green group's voter guide | Trump's latest wins for farmers may not undo trade damage | Amazon employees defy company to speak on climate change Sanders surges to first in New Hampshire: poll Majority sees no ties between business experience and political success MORE (D-Minn.), Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandGOP-Biden feud looms over impeachment trial Sanders defends vote against USMCA: 'Not a single damn mention' of climate change The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial MORE (D-N.Y.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' On The Money: Stocks close with steep losses driven by coronavirus fears | Tax season could bring more refund confusion | Trump's new wins for farmers may not undo trade damage Overnight Energy: Sanders scores highest on green group's voter guide | Trump's latest wins for farmers may not undo trade damage | Amazon employees defy company to speak on climate change MORE (D-Mass.) and Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardYang qualifies for New Hampshire debate stage Poll: Bernie Sanders holds 9-point lead in New Hampshire The establishment scam of 'unity' MORE (D-Hawaii).

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The author clarified that the magazine did not intend to “diminish or take away” from Williamson’s campaign, but when the article was planned in March, Williamson was not as recognizable as she has become after the first Democratic debates last month. Williamson was the most searched on Google for the second night of the debates.

“I do understand her disappointment and her supporters’ disappointment in not seeing her. I think the landscape is very different,” Chozick told CNN. “She did have an interesting turn in the debates, but if you think back to March, April, when you’re looking at polling, and so the landscape is very different now and she’s certainly a compelling candidate.” 

Chozick added that Vogue decided to focus the article on women who had already been elected to office.

“They have 40 years combined experience in Congress, and a lot of them had won races in which they were told ‘A woman absolutely can’t. Minnesota’s not ready to elect a female senator,’ so they spoke from that experience of being elected women when they were told that women could not win those races,” Chozick said.