The Give Women a Shot initiative is designed to encourage participants to take collective action and shared ownership for driving gender parity and to make a positive difference in their own communities, while receiving a new portrait in return.

  • In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th, Alena Pollitt Weekes inspires others to Give Women A Shot by offering 5-min portrait sessions.

  • In return, participants will pledge a contribution of service or funds, or take some personal action in their own communities, to support and promote equality for women & LGBTQ - especially POC, Native, and Immigrant communities at the intersections of these identities.

  • Alena encourages fellow photographers and creatives of all kinds to join the initiative and donate their talents and skills in exchange for participants’ contributions.

GIVE WOMEN A SHOT   WHEN: Friday, March 8, 12pm - 6pm  WHERE: Madison Square Park  11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010


WHEN: Friday, March 8, 12pm - 6pm

WHERE: Madison Square Park

11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010

How to Participate

  1. Show up at Madison Square Park on Friday, March 8th between 12pm and 6pm. Participants will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis.

  2. Submit your RSVP sign up form to confirm your pledge of service, funds, or tell how you will take personal action in your community, as well as your contact information for photo delivery. See some suggestions here.

  3. Be excited and happy that you are furthering a better, more equal world.

  4. Receive your photos via online gallery, and be sure to share with #givewomenashot!

Note: Walkups are gladly accepted. Bring your friends!

How You Benefit

Outside of promoting a better and more equal world for all, participants will:

  • Receive an online gallery of the images taken, curated to show the best ones

  • Get to select and keep their favorite shot, available as a high-res download

  • Be able to purchase any other images they love from the gallery if desired

Please note: Delivery timeline of images can vary. Please refer to the Terms of Service.

International Women’s Day

IWD is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred annually since 1911 and is supported by over a million people across the world. From the official website for International Women’s Day- Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist not to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.”

This year’s IWD campaign is called #BalanceForBetter.