This optional attribute, attached to POLITICALAFFILIATION in BIOGRAPHY, works in conjunction with three sibling attributes. INVOLVEMENT and MEMBERSHIP are alternatives: select only one of the three, with ACTIVISM denoting the highest level of political involvement, and Woman-genderIssue for use with any one of the three. Activism has attribute values of ACTIVISMYES and ACTIVISMNO.
It applies to varied actions, such as suffragists chaining themselves to railings or women camping out at Greenham Common. Generally a founding or very active leadership role in a political organization would qualify as activism. Thus Josephine Butler, founder of the Ladies' National Association Against the Contagious Diseases Acts, qualifies as activist for having founded the organization, directed its activities, and for speaking publicly at meetings at considerable personal risk.