The National Woman Suffrage Association, also known as NWSA, was founded by Elizabeth Cady Staton and Susan B. Anthony in 1869, The organization judged the 14th Amendment (prohibiting the states from depriving citizens of their civil rights or equal protection under law) and the 15th Amendment (forbade states to deny citizens the right to vote on the grounds of race, color, or “previous conditions of servitude”). The group believed that the 15th Amendment should have the word sex which would give woman as well as other races to have the right to vote. This group also advocated for easier divorce and to end discrimination in employment and pay.
In that same year, the American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA) started in Boston. This group, however, only advocated on gaining the right to vote. Leading members included Lucy Stone and Julia Ward Howe.
"In her despair, Elizabeth Cady Stanton lashed out against 'Patrick and Sambo and Hans and Ung Tung,' maligning uneducated freedmen and immigrants who could vote while educated white women could not" (James A. Henretta, 2012, p.455).