Today, March 8, is International Women's Day (IWD) -- first marked by the United Nations in 1975, during the UN's International Women's Year, but observed for the first time in 1911 (on March 19) by Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. (A national Women's Day had been designated in the US by the Socialist Party of America on February 28, 1909, in honor of the New York garment workers' strike of the previous year.) Historically, IWD has been "a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change, and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of women's rights." The theme of IWD this year is the role of women in decision making. In his message, Kofi Annan asserts that "[t]he world is ... starting to grasp that there is no policy more effective in promoting development, health and education than the empowerment of women and girls. And ... no policy is more important in preventing conflict, or in achieving reconciliation after a conflict has ended." Works on International Women's Day should be classed at 394.2 Special occasions, under 390 Customs, etiquette, folklore. Works on the social role and status of women go in sociology at 305.42; works on the civil and political rights of women go in political science at 323.34. A register of events related to this year's IWD is available here.