Elizabeth Warren is set to unveil a plan that would give women a voice in their classrooms.
The Massachusetts Senator is calling for a “gender pay gap” in the United States, and the first step in that fight is a comprehensive pay equity plan for women, according to The Hill.
The plan would make sure women are paid equal pay, and it would also include a set of standards for how colleges and universities treat female students, the New York Times reports.
The policy would not require schools to raise pay for female students who take advantage of the Equal Pay Act.
Instead, Warren’s plan would require colleges and colleges that are part of Title IX — the law that requires equal pay for equal work — to set up pay equity policies and have those policies included in their financial aid packages.
The policies would also have to include measures to prevent sexual harassment, such as reporting of harassment to the police and a process for reviewing complaints against faculty and students.
It would also create an independent committee to look at the effects of Title IV funding on women and their families.
Under the plan, schools would have to post a pay gap report every five years, according a senior official with the Office of the Secretary of Education, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to protect the privacy of the staffer.
Warren’s proposal would require that the report be made public by the end of 2020.
She also proposed requiring schools to provide students with a “safe place” to talk about their experiences with sexual harassment.
That would include a place where the student can report it to a Title IX coordinator.
If a school doesn’t have a Title VI coordinator, the student would have access to a campus support group.