HISTORICAL SKETCH OF HARTFORD WOMEN UNITED
By Cecilia Holliday
Pearl Linthicum Underwood of 30th Street in Detroit as founding chairperson had the vision to create the Women’s Day Committee in 1942 under the pastorate of The Rev. Charles A. Hill. The men who had previously shouldered the responsibility for fundraising had enlisted to fight in WWII. The women would take up the responsibility to keep the fires burning at home. Rev. Hill charged the women to raise money to put a top on the church. The five women of the committee, who originally met in Mother Underwood’s home, formed a heritage of spiritually stirred Hartford women dedicated to Christ and the work of the church. The ministry has a long standing strong spiritual emphasis, and powerful literary, intellectual and cultural depth and commitment. Their tenacity of faith to achieve their goals is historic.