A Shocking On-Air Reveal Pushed A Pair Of Aussie Radio Hosts To Fight To Close The Wage Gap

We're all in this together.

With equal pay for women doing the same job as men being a major topic of discussion these days, one pair of Australian radio hosts shows us that it's 100 percent possible. Their circumstance shows how women are able to stand up for themselves and that it helps to have men as allies in the workplace, too.


Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek used part of their KIIS FM show Tuesday, Oct. 17, to explain how it all went down, beginning back on March 8 — aka International Women's Day. They played a clip from that day when Langbroek found out she made less than Hughes and he had the most genuine reaction.

"You don't know about this," Langbroek said in the clip. "I found out last year that you get paid 40 percent more than I do for doing this show."

"I had no idea what we get paid," Hughes responded, clearly shocked. "Now I feel terrible."

"You don't need to feel terrible," Langbroek answered back. "It wasn't your fault that you were born with two oranges in a string bag."

When Langbroek found out this news back in 2016 she immediately went to the bosses at KIIS FM, brought it up, and they gave her the same salary as Hughes for the rest of that year — something Hughes didn't know had already happened when, admittedly "reeling" from the revelation, offered to take a pay cut so that Langbroek would be fairly compensated.

Prior to this, the two said they had "never discussed money on [their] journey together." Now, however, they do. This came in handy when negotiating their 2018 deal as they move to the Hit Network. Now the longtime co-hosts will be starting off on the same footing.

"When we go to our new job, we get pay parity. And we're on parity now," Langbroek said. 

"And I couldn't be happier," Hughes said in return. "You deserve it."

These radio personalities urged men in the entertainment business to lead the charge for equal wages — especially if they have a woman as a co-host. And, to be honest, they should even if they don't work side by side with the opposite sex.

"If you're going to have a working partnership with someone, if you really care about women not being paid the same, men have to stand up and make it happen," Langbroek pleaded. "Because men are the ones who are drawing up the pay packets, generally."

"And sometimes that might mean men might get paid less than what they might have got to make sure that what's fair is fair," Hughes responded.

(H/T: news.com.au)

Cover image via @hughesyandkate / Instagram


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