We all know that Taylor Swift, the queen of country, the princess of pop, and now the… financier??…of folk, loves a good simile. And who could blame her? A well-placed simile can make a song come alive! Like a rare diamond, similes are multifaceted, they can provide clarity, and sometimes — the really, really good ones — can shine just as bright.

See what I did there?

Okay, okay, so I’m no Taylor Swift, but I am a major fan, and simile aficionado, so I decided my contribution to the internet today would be to rank all of the similes…

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You would think that writing a book based on your own identity would be easy, but you would be wrong.

In my newly-announced sophomore book, RECIPE FOR DISASTER, twelve-year-old Hannah Malfa-Adler is Jew…ish.

Just like me.

Just like me, Hannah’s mom was raised Jewish and her dad was raised Catholic, but neither of them participate in any form of organized religion today.

Just like me, Hannah has a maternal grandmother who identifies strongly as Jewish, and believes that her identity makes Hannah Jewish too.

Just like me, Hannah doesn’t know if she’s allowed to refer to herself as…

Last week, the children’s and young adult literature community had an important conversation about the whiteness of panels. This was a follow-up to a conversation about the maleness of panels, and it was quickly pointed out that it shouldn’t have been a follow-up at all, and the fact that it’s an afterthought is part of the problem.

I’m a relatively new member of the children’s and young adult literature community, and so I’ve never been invited to speak on any panels (yet!). …

Like many people, I’ve been wrestling with the Babe post that came out over the weekend. For those of you who haven’t read it, it’s the story of a girl, “Grace,” who went on a date with Aziz Ansari, the writer and star of the Netflix show Master of None, and was sexually assaulted.

But part of the reason I’ve been wrestling with this article is because I, like many, many, many others, am having a hard time convincing myself that this was, in fact, a sexual assault.

Part of this uncertainty comes from the fact that the conversation about…

(Cross-post from Uber Eng Blog)

I was never sure if I wanted to be a software engineer.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved coding. I loved solving hard puzzles, thinking about products, and working in a collaborative environment. I loved advocating for users, interfacing across multiple teams, and learning new technologies.

The problem was that I loved so much more than that. I loved writing, reading, and public speaking. I loved leading projects, performing improv comedy, singing in choirs, and teaching. And most importantly, I loved working on multiple different projects simultaneously. …

My thoughts are exactly the same as they were six months ago when Susan Fowler wrote her blog post, so I’ll summarize:

If you think your company is immune to sexism, you are wrong.

The following post is entirely my personal opinion and should not reflect on Uber at large.

In the last 24 hours, pretty much everyone in Silicon Valley has read Susan Fowler’s story. If you haven’t, you should. Her story, and others like it, are the inconvenient truth of the tech industry.

As a female engineer, specifically a female engineer at Uber, and specifically specifically a vocal female engineer at Uber who spends about 20% of her time working on improving diversity and inclusion, I have made myself a beacon for conversations about this sort of issue.

So it was hardly…

What does it mean to be an ally to women in technology? Am I an ally if I believe that men and women should be treated equally? Am I an ally if I consider myself a feminist? Am I an ally simply because I say that I am?

We hear the word “ally” all the time, and yet it’s not always clear what being one entails. Being an ally to women in technology is an active position. We cannot be allies without practicing allyship any more than we can be engineers simply by appreciating a beautiful line of code. Being…

Aimee Lucido

Author of Emmy in the Key of Code, software engineer, Crossword Constructor with The New Yorker, Zynga, and AVCX. www.aimeelucido.com

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