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“You’d look prettier if you smiled.” Most women have, at least once in their lives, heard someone tell them that they should smile more. It’s a line usually delivered by some creepy old man who doesn’t realize that his comments are unwelcome, and at a time when there’s absolutely no reason why you would be smiling. For those who suffer from resting bitch face, these kinds of comments may be thrown at you more often. Your stony, unamused visage may prompt random strangers to inform you how much your features would be benefited by a smile. Now, it’s safe to say it’s douchey to make a comment like that in the first place. Women don’t exist for the viewing pleasure of others, and they most certainly don’t have to pretend to be happy while taking the subway to work or shopping for groceries. It’s interesting, then, that the term for…

Students and professors settled in their seats at the Tabler Black Box Theater as the sound of an upbeat jazz song by Duke Ellington filled the room. In celebration of Women’s History Month, women in STEM fields spoke about forgotten women scientists and discussed issues they faced at “Forgotten Women in Science: Remembering the Past, Looking Toward the Future,” co-sponsored by RHA and Toscanini Hall Council. The speakers represented different STEM fields including astronomy, biomedical engineering, software engineering, computer science, chemistry and physics. The event began with a few speakers talking about forgotten women in the history of science. Scientists like Mary Everest, presented by Dr. Moira Chas, Associate Professor in the Mathematics Department of Stony Brook University, to Henrietta Swan Leavitt, presented by Dr. Glenda DeNicolo, Assistant Professor of Physical Sciences at Suffolk County Community College, were discussed. It wasn’t until later that the speakers began to discuss issues…