[History] Ahead of The Pack: How Trixie in Speed Racer broke gender barriers

For many Americans in the late 1960s, Speed Racer (known in Japan as Mach GoGoGo) was a landmark television show, marking their first exposure to anime. The show followed the adventures of Speed Racer, a young man striving to become the world’s best racer and conquering dangerous courses along the way. But Speed Racer was also exceptional for the way it depicted its primary female character, Trixie (or “Michi Shimura” in the original Japanese release). At a time when most female characters on television were barely allowed to have careers, Trixie was an action star in her own right, a racing professional and hero on equal footing with the male characters.