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The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Are Being Inducted Into The Smithsonian
The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders are going into the Smithsonian. The Cowboy’s iconic cheer squad has been a fixture on NFL sidelines since 1960. Now, their famous white and blue uniforms are forever enshrined alongside other iconic pieces of American clothing, like the ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” and Michael Jackson’s hat. Current Cowboys cheerleaders and members of the team’s front office made the trip to D.C. to be present for the ceremony. One of the cheerleaders stated, “Gorwing up in Dallas the uniform and everything that the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders were, and are, was such an iconic thing for me, and you know, getting to actually have this uniform on today is a dream come true.” The Smithsonian’s inclusion of the Cowboys cheerleaders comes at an interesting time. The recent #MeToo movement has led to increasing awareness about sexism and harassment in various industries, including sports. Many have questioned whether cheerleaders even belong in sports anymore. In February 2018, Formula 1 Racing announced they would be ditching “Grid Girls” for upcoming seasons citing “modern day societal norms.” But, no matter the future of cheerleading in pro sports, this particular squad is not officially a piece of American history.