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The Monday Agenda – Simone McGurk says when it comes to women WA “isn’t going so well”

Today the Minister Women’s Interests Simone McGurk joined Perth LIVE for the Monday Agenda. She spoke to Jo McManus about the newly released 2019 Women’s Report Card. The State Government produced this report to look at WA women’s progress across four key areas: health and wellbeing, safety and justice, economic independence and leadership.

The 2019 Women’s Report Card found:

  • WA’s gender pay gap is 21.8 per cent – the worst in Australia
  • Despite more women than men completing high school and graduating from university, women continue to be underrepresented at leadership levels across most sectors
  • Women continue to face a significantly higher risk than men of violence, particularly sexual and family and domestic violence
  • 56 per cent of university graduates are women, but men’s undergraduate median starting salaries were greater than women’s in 16 out of 20 fields
  • Domestic violence is a leading cause of women’s homelessness, accounting for 55.8
    per cent of accommodation support provided by specialist homelessness agencies (up from 45.1 per cent in 2012-13)
  • Female representation on boards with Government-controlled appointments is 50.9 per cent

To view the 2019 Women’s Report Card and online data platform, visit

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