There are a couple of nods around Licking County to the scandalous woman who had the audacity to run for president in the 1870s.

There are a couple of nods around Licking County to the scandalous woman who had the audacity to run for president in the 1870s.

But a driver zipping through the village of Homer easily could miss the historical marker there that honors her.

And if you don't know to look at the clock tower attached to the Robbins Hunter Museum in Granville, you wouldn't see a model of the Licking County native emerging on the hour.

To a pair of sisters who live in Los Angeles, America and many of its history books have been blind to Victoria Woodhull for nearly 150 years, and the duo is trying to change that.

Caroline and Rebecca Rau are producing a feature documentary about Woodhull, the Homer native who in 1872 became the first woman to run for president. The Raus have filmed in central Ohio and plan another trip in the coming weeks: They raised more than $60,000 through a Kickstarter campaign to finish their project by traveling to the United Kingdom, where Woodhull lived later in life and died in 1927.

Although a long list of books and documentaries have been produced about Woodhull, her story has never received wide attention.

Woodhull was a spiritualist and believed in women's suffrage, in labor reforms, that women should have a say in marriage and that they could make their own health decisions. She campaigned on these ideas, many of which were radical at the time, when women could not yet vote and, at age 34, she wasn't even old enough to hold the nation's highest office.

The Rau sisters plan to tell about Woodhull's life, which included running a stock brokerage and a newspaper that published "The Communist Manifesto." But the film's main focus, they say, will be to explore why Woodhull seems to be virtually unknown.

"It's curious to us that, even in this day and age, we're still really resistant to telling certain people's stories," said Caroline Rau. "It's fine for us to talk about the Betsy Rosses, but if there's any blemish on a woman, we just won't talk about her."

The Raus aren't the only ones trying to shed light on the Licking County native.

The Robbins Hunter Museum just opened an exhibit about Woodhull that will feature speakers and run the rest of the year.

With the 2016 presidential campaign in full swing and a woman likely to be on the fall ballot, it seemed logical to highlight the little-known Woodhull, museum director Ann Lowder said.

"She had to have been brilliant to have done what she did," Lowder said.

"She's important because she's 120 years ahead of her time," said Rebecca Dungan, curator of the Woodhull exhibit. "She's ours. I think that's kind of why we embrace her."

Woodhull's candidacy and the issues she embraced are still relevant today, said Rebecca Rau, a Denison University graduate who stumbled across Woodhull in a book several years ago. She quit her job less than a month later to start working on the documentary, which is currently titled "The Coming Woman."

"Why have we still not had a woman in office?" she said. "It's a relevant subject. It's not relegated to the past."