The Ms. Wheelchair America Program began in 1972 as a way to illuminate the achievements of women who utilize wheelchairs for 100% of their daily mobility. Accomplished women compete to become their state’s titleholder in order to participate in the national competition. They are judged, during personal and onstage interview sessions, based on their achievements since the onset of their disability, advocacy skills, and ability to overcome their physical challenges. The women are then asked to present a speech that highlights their chosen platforms such as women’s health issues or improved access in the community.