Julia Varley

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Julia Varley

Julia Varley.jpg
Died1952 (age 81)
Yorkshire, England
MonumentsBlue plaque in Birmingham
OccupationTrade unionist

Julia Varley, OBE (born 1871 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England; died 1952 in Yorkshire) was an English trade unionist and suffragette.[1]

She worked in a mill from the age of 12.[1] At 15, she became the secretary of the Bradford Weavers' and Textile Workers' Union.[2]

In 1909 Varley moved to Birmingham and established a branch of the National Federation of Women Workers at the Cadbury factory at Bournville.[1] She was also involved in the Cradley Heath women chainmakers' strike of 1910 and the Black Country strike of 1913, and later sat on the General Council of the Trade Union Congress.[1]

She was made OBE in 1931, and retired in 1938.[1] She continued to live in Birmingham, before returning to Yorkshire, where she died in 1952.[1]

In May 2013, she was commemorated by the erection of a blue plaque at her former home in Hay Green Lane, Bournville, by the Birmingham Civic Society.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Bournville blue plaque for suffragette Julia Varley". BBC Online. 2013-05-24. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Bradford to name streets after women to tackle gender imbalance". BBC. BBC. 12 June 2019.


Trade union offices
Preceded by
Alfred Smalley and W. E. Harvey
Auditor of the Trades Union Congress
With: John Cairns
Succeeded by
W. E. Harvey and James E. Tattersall
Preceded by
New position
Women Workers member of the General Council of the Trades Union Congress
1921 – 1925
With: Margaret Bondfield (1921 – 1923)
Mary Quaile (1923 – 1925)
Succeeded by
Margaret Bondfield and Mary Quaile
Preceded by
Margaret Bondfield and Mary Quaile
Women Workers member of the General Council of the Trades Union Congress
1926 – 1935
With: Margaret Bondfield (1926 – 1929)
Anne Loughlin (1929 – 1935)
Succeeded by
Florence Hancock and Anne Loughlin
Preceded by
Mary Quaile
Chief Women's Officer of the Transport and General Workers' Union
1929 – 1936
Succeeded by
Florence Hancock
  1. ^ Mark, Metcalf (2015). Julia Varley - trade union organiser and fighter for women's rights. Online: UNITE EDUCATION.