Heather Fisher & Sarah Davies
22 Voices is a new podcast series brought to you by the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, telling the stories of sporting stars and cultural trailblazers as the countdown to the Games continues.
In this special first episode, we celebrate International Women's Day and Commonwealth Day on 8th March 2021 with two Team England stars who've spent their lives challenging gender stereotypes.
Rugby sevens player Heather Fisher, who has alopecia, talks openly about being kicked out of toilets by people who think she's male. Sarah Davies is a champion weightlifter and a beauty queen, and talks about the challenges of thes different worlds. As recently as 2019, she was targeted by trolls who thought she was too muscular to compete in a beauty pageant in the Philippines.
Both athletes talk openly but with a sense of humour about not fitting in to conventional gender stereotypes, and how they've embraced that to become role models to other girls and women.