A bus tour advocating for gender equality will stop in Aiken on Friday.
VoteEqualityUS is running the event and is driving a branded RV named "The Notorious RVG (Ruthless Vote Getter)." The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Aiken Unitarian Universalist Church, 115 Gregg Ave.
Kati Hornung, the VoteEqualityUS campaign coordinator, said this event is designed to be like a parade where participants are encouraged to decorate their cars. They should also bring signs, balloons and streamers.
Markers also will be available for people to sign their names on the RV and "pledge to vote for equality."
The RV is driving across South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina. These are three states yet to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.
The tour is meant to raise awareness for the Equal Rights Amendment, which would guarantee equal rights to all American citizens regardless of sex.
The amendment originally passed the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in 1972 and was sent to the states for ratification. Congress placed a seven-year deadline on the ratification process. That deadline received an extension until 1982.
The amendment failed with only 35 states ratifying it by the deadline.
Since then, there has been a movement to eventually get the amendment added to the Constitution.
Hornung said it's important that this amendment be passed to "fix one of the biggest gaps in our country."
"Literally, the Constitution is on the ballot," Hornung said.
There will be nonpartisan community volunteers at the event to answer questions and talk with attendees about the equality platforms of the different candidates running for office.
“In these final weeks before the election our advocates are educating voters about constitutional gender equality and encouraging them to make sure their voices are heard at the polls,” Hornung said in a statement. “Around 80% of Americans incorrectly think our Constitution guarantees gender equality. Until (this) amendment, Equal Rights, is recognized and published, it does not.”
For more information about the tour, visit voteequality.us.