Australia’s gender pay gap: why do women still earn less than men?

On Monday, breakfast TV personality Lisa Wilkinson abruptly departed her position as host of Channel Nine’s Today show after almost a decade in the job, reportedly because the network would not meet her pay demands.

Sources said Wilkinson was offered $1.8m for the breakfast show gig next year but was asking for $2m – closer to what is paid to her co-host, Karl Stefanovic, who is said to be on a $6m three-year deal.

In Wilkinson’s industry, television broadcasting, which is 47% female overall but 100% male at the CEO level, the full-time gender pay gap is 21.6%.

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