Mar 18, 2024

Question of the Day [Women's History Month]: What is the first company to go public led by two female co-founders?

Who stitched up success on Wall Street, breaking barriers in scrubs, not suits?


Answer: FIGS is a medical apparel company led by Heather Hasson and Trina Spear


  • Do you think it’s easier to start a company alone or with a co-founder as FIGS did?
  • When a company “goes public” they sell their stock to the public and get listed on the stock exchange. Why do you think this is such a big event for the employees and the company?
  • If you were to start a company, what would you look for in a co-founder?

Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.


Behind the numbers (Fortune): 

"Hasson, 39, and Spear, 37, founded FIGS in 2013 aiming to disrupt the $12 billion U.S. medical apparel market. The cofounders and co-CEOs observed a problem in the field: the responsibility for purchasing uniforms for health care workers—from home health aides to dental hygienists to physicians—had largely shifted from the institution to the individual, with 85% of employees buying their own scrubs."



For more examples of female leaders in business, check out these FinCap Fridays: Wealthy Women Make Waves, Women in the C-Suite, and Women of the S&P 500


About the Author

Mason Butts

After graduating from UCLA with a Master's in Education, Mason spent 5 years as a science educator in a South Los Angeles public high school. He is committed to supporting the holistic growth of all students and empowering them to live a life of relational, academic, and financial success. Now settled in the Bay Area, Mason enjoys facilitating professional developments and partnering with educators as they prepare students for a bright financial future. When Mason is not building curriculum or planning a training, he can be found cycling, trying new foods, and exploring the outdoors.

Mail Icon

Subscribe to the blog

Join the more than 11,000 teachers who get the NGPF daily blog delivered to their inbox: