LEAN IN

05.03.13

Buffett: Women Key to Prosperity

Writes essay in Fortune.

Warren Buffett is the latest business leader to wade into the work-family debate, writing an essay in Fortune that echoes Sheryl Sandberg’s call to “lean in.” “Too many women continue to impose limitations on themselves, talking themselves out of achieving their potential,” he writes. He cites Washington Post CEO Katharine Graham, who, he says, was dogged by unjustified self-doubt despite her accomplishments. Seeing women reach their full potential, Buffett argues, is key to the country’s future prosperity. So far the U.S. has achieved extraordinary things while utilizing only half the country’s human resources. “The closer that America comes to fully employing the talents of all its citizens, the greater its output of goods and services will be,” he writes. “We've seen what can be accomplished when we use 50 percent of our human capacity. If you visualize what 100 percent can do, you'll join me as an unbridled optimist about America's future.”