|Affiliations||Washington Football Team|
|Redskinettes / Washington Redskins Cheerleaders (1962–2019)|
The First Ladies of Football are a professional cheerleading squad representing the Washington Commanders of the National Football League. Formed in 1962, they are the second-longest-running professional cheerleading organization in the NFL behind the Las Vegas Raiderettes, who were founded the previous year, and the third-oldest behind the Raiderettes and the Baltimore Colts Cheerleaders, created in 1954.
Originally called the Redskinettes and previously referred to as the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders, they have cheered for the franchise since August 1962. The first director of the Redskinettes was Doris Snyder.
In addition to touring with the football team, they have performed around the world. In 1982, they were invited to be the first NFL cheerleaders to perform in Asia promoting U.S. commercial products throughout Taiwan. The following year, the cheerleaders produced their first calendar, which they continued until 2018. In 1984, they were the fourth NFL squad to perform in a United Service Organizations (USO) tour entertaining the armed forces in Turkey, Italy, Sicily, Spain and the United States Sixth Fleet off the coast of France. Since then, they have participated in 65 Department of Defense (DOD) tours to entertain members of the U.S. military.
They were also the first cheerleaders in the NFL to form an alumni association. The Washington Football Team Cheerleaders Alumni Association (WFTCAA), formerly known as the Redskinette Alumnae Association (RAA) and the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders Alumni Association (WRCAA), was founded in 1984 by former Washington Football cheerleader Terri Crane-Lamb.