Their father, who had studied in the United States, arranged to have them continue their education in the US in 1907.
May-ling and Ching-ling attended a private school in Summit, New Jersey.
In 1945 she became a member of the Central Executive Committee of the Kuomintang.
As her husband rose to become Generalissimo and leader of the Kuomintang, Madame Chiang acted as his English translator, secretary and advisor.
Although Soong Mei-ling initially avoided the public eye after marrying Chiang, she soon began an ambitious social welfare project to establish schools for the orphans of Chinese soldiers.