We are not here because we have a pretty face or have slept our way to the top. We are here because the media profession deserves us,’says Patricia Mukhim, editor of alt145 Shillong Timesalt39. Tough words and up- front stances typify Indian wom

en media professionals today. Over the last decade, they have been networking furiously amongst themselves and building up pan- India networks and organisations.

The idea is not just to establish pressure groups for gender related change but also accelerate competitive professionalism and close the media gender gap in the workplace. The goals of the groups of media women have evolved over time. Initially it was all about breaking the glass ceiling, fighting discrimination and sexual harassment, and demanding an end to the ‘soft story syndrome’. Those issues have, of course, not gone away.

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