I think at that time there was a general European movement for women's rights. Thanks to rather influential women in the royal family, we Bavarians were among the first nations to create equal rights (well, at least on paper...)
In 1892 Bavarian princess Therese
held a position as Dr h.c. at Munich university and held lessons on biology and anthropology. She was a highly popular researcher and internationally respected. (Coincidentially, she was also one of the first women ever to drive a motorcar.)
In 1903, women became officially allowed to study at Bavarian universities.
Interestingly, we got the right to vote only in 1918 (on the other hand: until then we were a monarchchy so that there was no real need for either gender to vote)