When Lisa Wilkinson made the shock announcement that she would no longer be joining Karl Stefanovic on The Today Show, and would instead be sitting beside Carrie Bickmore and Waleed Aly on rival network Channel 10’s The Project, the congratulatory messages came in thick and fast.
But none is more poignant than the post shared by Wilkinson’s own daughter, Billi FitzSimons.
The 20-year-old, who recently played bridesmaid as her parents renewed their vows, thanked her mum for “paving the way” with her bold career move.
“Thank you, Mum, for paving the way for the next generation and every generation to come,” she shared on Instagram.
“You are a leader and an inspiration for so many tonight.”
It’s believed Lisa’s decision to leave Today was in part caused by speculation that her co-host Karl was earning twice the pay she was for the very same gig.
Many prominent Australian figures were quick to congratulate Lisa for standing up for the rights of women and demanding equal pay for equal work.
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