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Cecilia Payne clutched her best gloves, adjusted her earmuffs, and rushed to meet the other girls in the foyer of her dormitory. She did not want to risk being late and having to walk past the male students seated in the dining hall. She feared that the boys who stomped in time to her steps each time she attended physics class would do the same at tonight’s lecture. It would be a price worth paying to hear Arthur Eddington recount the details of his recent eclipse expedition, a scientific triumph that would surely make 1919 a turning point in the history of astronomy. But if she didn’t have to endure that humiliation, all the better.