When 16-year-old Betty Robinson took her spot at the starting line of the 100-meter dash in the 1928 Olympic Games, it was only her fourth-ever organized meet. When she crossed the finish line, she did so as the fastest woman in the world. Fire on the Track chronicles Betty’s rise to fame and the near-fatal plane accident that set her on a path to recovery, set against the backdrop of other female trailblazers in the sport.
Betty’s story, like so many others of pioneering women, could have been lost to history, buried away beneath the accomplishments of men. But writers are uncovering extraordinary stories every day—women who forged their own paths and made their voices heard. These six stories about groundbreaking women are just the tip of the iceberg and will inspire readers of all walks of life.
Featured illustration: Tyler Spangler