Fight for Rights
It was on this day in 1846 that the British naturalist, and women's rights activist, Marian Farquharson was born.
As a botanist, Farquharson had specialized in ferns and mosses.
Farquharson had petitioned the Linnaean Society for four years to allow women.
In 1904, 83% of the Society voted to elect women members. When the first 15 women were nominated, Farquharson was the only one not to be chosen on that day in 1904. It took four more years for Farquharson to be elected to the Society in March 1908. Sadly, she was too ill to attend to sign the register. Farquharson died from heart disease, in Nice, in 1912.