ac·​tiv·​ism | \ ˈak-ti-ˌvi-zəm How to pronounce activism (audio) \

Definition of activism

: a doctrine or practice that emphasizes direct vigorous action especially in support of or opposition to one side of a controversial issue political activism environmental activism

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What’s more, union activism can help bridge the yawning power dynamic that now separates tech monopolies from the flailing media sector. Clio Chang, The New Republic, "How to Save Journalism," 11 July 2019 While the Rothschilds often appear in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about global control going back to the 19th century, none of the current family members are particularly well-known for their politics or social activism. Josefin Dolsten,, "Cartoonist disinvited from White House defends image widely labeled as anti-Semitic," 10 July 2019 Unprecedented activism Several factors bolstered the youth vote in 2018. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Youth vote could make a difference in 2020 races," 9 July 2019 Now his non-profit organization is honoring a new generation of environmentalists to inspire activism in the future. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "Jaden Smith celebrates his birthday with free vegan food truck for the homeless," 9 July 2019 Still, the action shows that Amazon workers, buoyed by a tight labor market and employee activism elsewhere, have been emboldened to demand better treatment. Josh Eidelson And Spencer Soper,, "Amazon workers plan Prime Day strike at Minnesota warehouse," 8 July 2019 Still, the women’s team’s activism has produced results. Andrew Das, New York Times, "The U.S. Women Won, the Men Lost, and the Equal Pay Fight Tied Them Together Again," 8 July 2019 Still, the action shows that Amazon workers, buoyed by a tight labor market and employee activism elsewhere, have been emboldened to demand better treatment. Josh Eidelson,, "Amazon workers in Minnesota planning to strike on Prime Day," 8 July 2019 Winning the Golden Boot provided the pink-haired player renowned for her individuality and activism with a platform for both after the 2-0 victory over the Netherlands. Rob Harris,, "‘A little public shame never hurt anyone’: Chants of ‘equal pay’ break out after US women win World Cup," 7 July 2019

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First Known Use of activism

1915, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for activism

borrowed from German Aktivismus, from aktiv active entry 1 + -ismus -ism

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The first known use of activism was in 1915

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