1. Michael Kimmel on gender equality

Gender equality is a topic that’s been on the rise for a while–and is as important now as it has ever been. Yet, many people–especially men who feel personally attacked in gender equality discussions–roll their eyes when the topic is breached.

Thankfully, however, Michael Kimmel’s talk is perfect for opening up the worldviews of those who are staunchly guarded against modern-day activist efforts. He subtly introduces the audience to the hot discussion around men’s role in gender equality. Slowly but surely, he winningly convinces listeners that men do, in fact, also benefit from incorporating vales of gender equality into our everyday lives.

2. Jimmy Carter on women's rights

After a gentle entrance into the world of gender rights, former president Jimmy Carter offers a perfect follow up in his discussion of women’s rights. Carter, with his arsenal of clout as the onetime commander in chief, poignantly touches on the fact that–through the plethora of activism he’s completed thus far–the violation of women’s rights is the number one human rights abuse everywhere.

Give his talk a listen to hear out his powerful opinion and learn why women’s rights–not just gender equality–need to be addressed in today’s age.

3. Lee Mokobe on transgender rights

Transgender rights, yet another movement under the large umbrella of gender equality, has become an important cause in recent years. Lee Mokobe’s moving spoken-word poem is able to open many people’s eyes to what undergoing a transgender experience might feel like firsthand.

Although we often dismiss causes to which we cannot closely or intimately relate, we must remind ourselves to reach outside of our comfort zones and remain as educated about all movements as we possibly can.

4. Clint Smith on race relations

The United States, since its very founding, has undergone an interminable dispute over race relations–whether it has been explicitly stated or not.

In his emotionally charged talk, Clint Smith shares what it’s like to grow up as a black child in America, to grow up “knowing you cannot simply be a child,” as he pushes the audience to realize why Black Lives Matter is a movement still waiting to happen.