On September 19, 2015 Poppy Liu found out she was pregnant.

On September 22, 2015 Poppy got an abortion at the Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood on Bleecker Street in New York.

In December 2015, Poppy shared her story live for the first time and was met with a sea of community, support and "me too's."

In spring of 2016, an femme-driven film crew was gathered.

On August 1, 2016 Poppy shared her abortion story with her Chinese mother for the first time through the public launch of the Names of Women crowd-funding campaign.

In August 2016, the Names of Women team successfully crowd-funded $20,000 to produce this film.

On November 8, 2016 the presidential election happened in America.

On January 20, 2018 the presidential inauguration took place.

On January 21, 2018 Names of Women premiered in New York City and began its national tour across the country.


Names of Women is a short film based on a true abortion story. Our mission is to use this story as a gateway for folks to have open, complex, human conversations about abortion.

The film is just as important as the toolkit that accompanies it, which can be found here.


*Abortion is something that is experienced by many people, not just people who identify as "women." The title of this film is specific to Poppy's individual abortion story but it is important to note that the larger conversation must include our gender non-conforming and trans communities.



Written by Poppy Liu

Directed by Poppy Liu & Amanda Madden

Director of Photography Samantha Panger

Edited by Amanda Madden

Produced by Caitlin Grossjung

Original Score by Melanie Hsu

Graphic Design by Zoraida Ingles

Executive Producer Poppy Liu

Names of Women is a creation of the media production company collective sex which seeks to decolonize the art of storytelling.