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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All the activism comes amid a growing body of economic research showing that raising the minimum wage hasn't meaningfully lowered employment — at least in the tightening labor market of the past several years. Lydia Depillis, CNN, "The minimum wage hasn't gone up in nearly 10 years. That's a new record," 14 June 2019 Taking serious action has largely fallen to people on the ground, specifically to the determined activism of the digitally savvy movement Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG), led by Native women. Eric Ogden, Marie Claire, "The Invisible Victims," 10 June 2019 And, if the aggressive proposals from Democratic presidential candidates and the continued activism are any indication, that demand isn’t going away anytime soon. Justin Worland, Time, "The World's Largest Automakers Asked Trump Not to Loosen a Climate Change Standard. Here's Why," 7 June 2019 Two students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School explain how social media, crowdfunding and political activism have helped spread their message. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "A Year After Parkland Shooting, Communities Reflect," 14 Feb. 2019 But here is documented proof of some Google executives wanting to tamper with searches as a form of political activism. Fox News, "Media's Kavanaugh spectacle," 24 Sep. 2018 The new wave of political activism, marked by protests in the nation’s capital and cities across America, looks more anonymous. Washington Post, "Today’s protests: Many voices, social media, not 1 leader," 22 June 2018 Of course, the only way any of this will happen is as a result of sustained political activism, which neither side should take for granted. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Everything you need to know about the net neutrality resolution coming to Congress next week," 3 May 2018 Hollan is impressed with how the Parkland kids have thrown themselves into activism., "Aftermath of gun violence: 'It stays with you'," 3 July 2018

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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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