WHO WAS MADAM SOONG CHING LING?

Soong Ching Ling (1893 - 1981) was a native of Wenchang County, Hainan Province, China. She was born in Shanghai. 

Her early education was at the McTyeire's Girls School in Shanghai. In 1908, she went to the United States to study, and entered the Wesleyan College for Women in Macon, Georgia. After she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1913, she went to Tokyo to work as secretary to Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the great leader of 1911 Revolution, which overthrew the Manchu Dynasty. She herself was, first and foremost a revolutionary patriot of China, though international in her education and culture. On October 25, 1915, she married Dr. Sun, and became his devoted companion in all his trials and tribulations as the founder of the Chinese Republic.Ten years later, Dr. Sun passed away, and Mme. Sun survived him by fifty-six years. As his widow, she was the staunch defender of his revolutionary cause, and bitterly opposed anyone who violated Sun Yat-sen's key precepts while pretending to revere him.

Born and brought up in wealth, Soong Ching Ling joined the ranks of the plain and the poor. Her utmost love and concern was for the children, for their physical and spiritual health, for their education as worthy heirs of progress in the past and builders of a better future. Many things could wait, she said, but work for the children could not. She died as China's Honorary Head of State. 

Source: Woman in World History Soong Ching Ling (Mme. Sun Yatsen) Israel Epstein, New World Press. First Edition 1993.