Warren Buffett: Women Are Going to Drive US Success

Berkshire boss thinks it's time for women to achieve their full potential
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2013 1:15 PM CDT
Warren Buffett: Women Are Going to Drive US Success
As the barriers preventing women from achieving fall, American productivity will improve, Warren Buffett argues.   (Shutterstock)

Warren Buffett is an eternal optimist, and there's one big reason he's high on America's long-term economic future: women. "America has forged its success while utilizing, in large part, only half of the country's talent," he muses in a piece for Fortune. From the very beginning our forefathers used male pronouns when drafting the Constitution. "In poker, they call that a 'tell.'" But now, at long last, the structural barriers for women are falling.

Even now, many women put limitations on themselves, having absorbed social signals indicating that they can't achieve the same kind of success as men. But that's changing generationally—Buffett's daughter will "just laugh" at the suggestion. And that's good for all of us. "No manager operates his or her plants at 80% efficiency," he reasons, and no CEO wants their male workers under-utilized or trained. "Fellow males, get onboard. The closer that America comes to fully employing the talents of all its citizens, the greater its output." Click for the Oracle's full column, or go welcome him to Twitter. (More Warren Buffett stories.)

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