Jane Little

Partnership editor for Across Women's Lives

The World

Jane Little is partnership editor for Across Women's Lives, PRI The World's coverage of how the status of women affects the well-being of society.

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. 

The World

Want to make your country richer and safer? Fix laws that keep women down, World Bank says.


When women can’t work, take out loans or own property, everyone suffers — and so does a nation’s economy. That’s the conclusion of a first-of-its-kind global survey of women, business and the law.

Tunisan women

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

Christy Turlington Burns

America’s most embarrassing statistic — and one effort to change it

Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors

They started a hashtag and a civil rights movement

Ani Zonneveld

She’s an imam in LA and doesn’t have patience for a strict interpretation of Islam

Pastor Nadia Bolz Weber.

Nadia Bolz Weber: A pastor for America’s outsiders


“I had to start a church I’d want to show up to, basically because I’d rarely gone to one I liked,” says the foul-mouthed, tattooed onetime Pagan who is leading a popular Lutheran church in Colorado.

Sister Rosemary 16:9

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.

Priya Agrawal

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.

A class of young Mormon missionaries

Mormon women are flocking to the mission, but inequalities remain


The Mormon Church is well-known for its worldwide proselytizing force. Now large numbers of young women are joining up thanks a change in policy that lowered the minimum age for female missionaries to 19. But gender gaps remain between men and women.

Pope Benedict’s Farewell Audience

Arts, Culture & Media

Pope Benedict XVI has given his final public audience as Pope. On Thursday, he officially steps down and becomes Pope Emeritus.