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Candace Correll has decided not to attend the Zoom call. She's been the team captain of Washington's First Ladies of Football cheerleading squad.

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Soon, teammates made up for what she missed: a four-minute webinar during which a team executive, his screen blacked out, told everyone.

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Everyone present was silent for this - no one was given a chance to ask questions. For all intents and purposes, Corell, his teammates and their director.

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Corell, despite his status as team captain, says he was "just in the dark" like everyone else. "It feels bad as a leader when you don't have answers.

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The NFL has become increasingly inclusive of women on the football side. In the past six months, Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistants Maral Javadifar.

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the first female official in league history, was the down judge in Super Bowl LV; And Maia Chaka became the first woman of color to be hired as an NFL official.

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For cheerleaders, however, progress looks different. Over the past few years, franchises across the league have moved to rebrand, redefine and rebuild.

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The image of the NFL cheerleader—hot pants and go-go boots—is rooted in objectivity. During a Cowboys game at the Cotton Bowl in 1967.

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NFL cheerleading has evolved since then. Today, most cheerleaders are high-performance athletes who train to be on a squad their entire lives.

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Because the cost of attending an NFL game is prohibitive for many, cheerleaders at community events are often the closest fans can get to a game day experience.