Julia Varley blue plaque in Birmingham

Julia Varley OBE
1871-1952
Suffragette and leading organiser of women's trade unions in Birmingham and the Black Country lived here.

Julia Varley OBE (born 1871 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England; died 1952 in Yorkshire) was an English trade unionist and suffragette.She worked in a mill from the age of 12.In 1909 Varley moved to Birmingham and established a branch of the National Federation of Women Workers at the Cadbury factory at Bournville. She was also involved in the Cradley Heath women chainmakers' strike of 1910, and later sat on the General Council of the Trade Union Congress.She was made OBE in 1931, and retired in 1938. She continued to live in Birmingham, before returning to Yorkshire, where she died in 1952.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.

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