Mia Schaikewitz

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Mia Schaikewitz
BornMay 23, 1978 (1978-05-23) (age 46)
Atlanta, Georgia USA
EducationUniversity of Florida
Notable workPush Girls
Height1.778 m (5 ft 10 in)

Mia Schaikewitz (/ˈʃkəwɪts/;[1] born May 23, 1978) is an American[2] TV personality and spokesperson for disability advocacy. She starred in the 2012 reality series Push Girls on the Sundance Channel.

Early life and career[edit]

A competitive swimmer at the time, Schaikewitz became paralyzed from the waist down "over the course of a half-day"[3] after an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) ruptured in her spinal cord when she was 15.[4][5] She went on to graduate with a degree from the University of Florida and then moved to Los Angeles where she developed a career in graphic design and branding.[6][7] In 2012, she decided to return to the sport of competitive swimming after 17 years, as documented in Season 1 of the show Push Girls.[8]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • In 2013, Push Girls won the Critics' Choice Best Reality Series award.[9]


  1. ^ Mia says her own name near the end of an episode of the series Embrace Your Power; "Pushing The Limits" (Podcast). May 16, 2019. Event occurs at 58:44. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  2. ^ Carlson, Laurie Ann (August 23, 2013). "Wired for Interdependency: Push Girls and cyborg sexuality". Feminist Media Studies. 13 (4): 754–759. doi:10.1080/14680777.2013.805591. S2CID 143746070.
  3. ^ "Everyone Stares". Push Girls. Season 1. Episode 1. June 4, 2012. Sundance Channel. paralyzed me from the waist down over the course of a half-day
  4. ^ Pfefferman, Naomi (June 11, 2012). "Women in wheelchairs push boundaries in real life and on TV". The Times of Israel. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
  5. ^ "Mia Schaikewitz". The Huffington Post. July 3, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
  6. ^ "Push Girls — Living Large". ABILITY Magazine. Retrieved October 2, 2012. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  7. ^ "Push Girls - Mia Schaikewitz". SundanceTV. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
  8. ^ "'Push Girls' Wheel Chairs Through Life And Love". Talk of the Nation. National Public Radio. June 13, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
  9. ^ Andrea Alonso (11 June 2013). "Push Girls Win Big at Critic's Choice Awards". www.LAmag.com. Retrieved 2013-06-11.

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