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Elizabeth Warren says she would use executive action to ensure equal pay for women of color

She also promised to give all federal contractors a living wage

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Presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has announced that if she becomes president, she plans to use a number of executive actions in order to ensure equal pay for women of color.

What did she say?

In a Medium post Friday laying out her plan, Warren said that she would use "a set of executive actions" in order to "boost wages for women of color and open up new pathways to the leadership positions they deserve."

She said that she would use an executive order to target companies that have contracts with the federal government. She said she would "[d]eny contracting opportunities to companies with poor records on diversity and equal pay."

She promised to "[b]an companies that want federal contracts from using forced arbitration and non-compete clauses that restrict workers' rights" and "[b]an contractors from asking applicants for past salary information and criminal histories."

Warren said she wanted to make the demographic breakdown of the federal government "look like America."

"My administration will ensure that federal agencies recruit women of color and develop leadership paths for them," she said. "The government should do better if it demands more from the private sector."

Her plan also involves a living wage

In addition to preventing discrimination, Warren said she wanted to use executive action to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors.

"Federal contractors must extend a $15 minimum wage and benefits (including paid family leave, fair scheduling, and collective bargaining rights) to all employees," she said. This, she argued, would "have an outsized effect on Black and Brown women, who perform a disproportionate share of lower-wage work."

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the current minimum wage for federal contractors is $10.60, set in 2014 by an executive order from former President Barack Obama.

There are reportedly around 4.1 million federal contractors, although it is not clear how many of these contractors are minimum-wage workers.

What else?

She reiterated this plan in a series of tweets Friday. "The government has helped perpetuate the systemic discrimination that has denied women of color equal opportunities, and it's time to right those wrongs," she argued.

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