Jane Little

Jane Little

Partnership editor for Across Women's Lives

I’m thrilled to work once again with a great team of colleagues at PRI’s The World, this time on an ambitious new venture to examine how the status of women affects the overall well-being of society. It's a new beat called Across Women's Lives.

I was a graduate student in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when I started as a producer at the newly-launched show, PRI's The World. I learned my trade there and plied it later in London, where I created the role of Religious Affairs Correspondent for the BBC World Service. That job took me all over the world for a decade.

I then stayed in a studio for a while, hosting a variety of BBC radio current affairs programs, including Woman’s Hour, the well-loved daily program that explores life from a woman’s perspective.

But I couldn’t get America out of my system. I’ve lived there several times since those student days, worked as a BBC Washington Correspondent, hosted public events, consulted for academic organizations, written communications plans, done media training, made documentaries, and returned to PRI's The World to establish the role of Religion Editor.

I’m now back for a third stint, this time as partnership editor for Across Womens' Lives. I'll be working to engage people and organizations in this ground-breaking initiative to not just increase coverage of women, nor merely to highlight the many challenges they face (as important as those are), but to show the power and potential of women to move whole societies toward a better future. 

Recent Stories


20 years ago, the world pledged to reform laws that hurt women. How's it going?

In September 1995, government delegates (including then-First Lady Hillary Clinton) and NGO activists gathered in Beijing for the Fourth World Conference on Women. They agreed on an historic framework to raise the status of women, and a big part of that was aimed at reforming discriminatory laws. Here are some of the worst laws against women still on the books, and some hopeful examples of change.


They started a hashtag and a civil rights movement

Two of the founders of Black Lives Matter say one way to measure the impact of their work is the backlash against it. And they say it's nothing new for black women to be at the forefront of a powerful civil rights movement. The difference now, they say, is the visibility social media can bring to their work.


Nun vs Warlord: the secret weapon is love (and sewing)

Decades of conflict in northern Uganda ended up traumatizing thousands of girls. Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe has been taking them in and teaching them new skills: how to sew and make crafts to support their families. But beyond that, Sister Rosemary wants them to learn self-respect. In return, she says, she's learned from them how to forgive.


Three ideas to improve the world


Some of the problems facing women are older than recorded time. Some are completely new. PRI caught up with activists trying to tackle the whole gamut at the Sixth Annual Women in the World Summit in New York. Here's a glimpse of what was on their minds.