Maureen Dowd

So now that women don’t need men to reproduce and refinance, the question is, will we keep you around? And the answer is, ‘You know we need you in the way we need ice cream — you’ll be more ornamental.’

Maureen Dowd is the winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary and the author of Are Men Necessary? She has been a New York Times op-ed columnist since 1995, after serving as a correspondent in the paper's Washington bureau since 1986. She has covered four presidential campaigns and served as White House correspondent. Dowd also wrote a column, "On Washington," for the New York Times Magazine.

Maureen Dowd joined the New York Times as a metropolitan reporter in 1983. She began her career in 1974 as an editorial assistant for the Washington Star, where she later became a sports columnist, metropolitan reporter and feature writer. When the Star closed in 1981, she went to TIME magazine.