Mary Campbell Gallagher


Mary Campbell Gallagher's Publications on Public Speaking
Op-ed arguing that Title IX and basketball are responsible for Sarah Palin's extraordinary skills as a platform speaker.
Mary Campbell Gallagher's Publications on Cities
Op-ed by Mary Campbell Gallagher arguing against government plans to build towers in Paris.
Polls show that Parisians oppose towers by between 55 and 60 per cent. The Mayor and City Council, however, plan to construct their own commercial and residential towers. In
Mary Campbell Gallagher's Publications on Cities
Op-ed arguing that at Atlantic Yards Mayor Bloomberg and developer Bruce Ratner are gambling with the character of Brooklyn and with citizens' homes and businesses. The project may fail, but no politician will ever pay the price at the polls.
Op-ed highlighting the mammoth out-of-scale size of the Atlantic Yards project and the fact that Atlantic Yards is entirely a creation of politician and developer avarice. This city treats its neighborhoods as just "products," to be offered for sale to corporations for condos and office buildings. No one consulted the citizens of New York City.
Op-ed arguing that while Wal-Mart and Ikea promise to "create" jobs, they in fact destroy jobs, instead.
Op-ed demonstrating that big box Ikea's promises to the residents of Red Hook Houses are false, and suggesting that an Ikea store in Red Hook will cause suburban problems like sprawl and congestion while eliminating the lively variety we enjoy in cities.
Mary Campbell Gallagher'sPublications on Cities
Essay-Book Review. An argument for strengthening the manufacturing sector in New York City
Essay about New York City's Central Park in spring.
Critical memoir of New York City student life in Greenwich Village in the Fifties.
Selected Publications on Legal Topics
Selected Publications on Legal Topics
Study guide for bar candidates teaches them how to raise their scores on the bar exam essays: 80 actual state bar exam questions, plus answers in Dr. Gallagher's format.
Op-Ed essay arguing that in the Abscam cases the F.B.I. may have manipulated conversations on audiotapes to produce falsified evidence in prosecutions of politicians.
Feature article setting out pros and cons of a statutory parental consent requirement for teen-agers' abortions. Includes many interviews with advocates for both sides.
Feature article with interviews with state bar examiners, showing how students should structure their bar exam essays
Selected Publications on Schools and Teaching
Full-length feature article cum memoir on the history of the Curriculum Reform Movement of the 1960s. Contains interviews with key participants in that historic era in American education.

"Sarah Palin, She Shoots, She Scores!"

Mary Campbell Gallagher, J.D., Ph.D.
Baltimore Examiner
November 2, 2008

When 37 million people watched Sarah Palin deliver her rousing acceptance
speech at the Republican National Convention, they were not just seeing a
ticket-balancing religious conservative. They were hearing a superb
speaker and the first woman athlete to rise in national politics since
Title IX mandated equal rights for girls in education in 1972. Because of
Title IX, girls like Palin got to skip Home Ec and pick the same courses
as boys. Equally or more important, they got to enter the
character-defining crucible of inter-school athletics. They called Sarah
Palin Sarah Barracuda when she led the Wasilla Warriors to the 1982 state
basketball championship in Alaska. It was leading her basketball team
that made Palin into Speaker Barracuda in Denver, too. As a woman, a
speaker, a Toastmaster, and National Speakers Association member, I am

Before Title IX, there was hardly such a thing as inter-school team sports
for girls, except maybe field hockey, nor were there many women who spoke
like Sarah Palin. Girls could do graceful individual sports like tennis,
gymnastics, riding, swimming, diving, fencing, archery. And they had
sports mainly just for girls, like synchronized swimming and
baton-twirling. Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Lynne Cheney were both champion
baton-twirlers! But storming the length of a basketball court--and even
getting knocked to the floor--with a bunch of tough gals wearing shorts,
in public, would have been unladylike. "Horses sweat, men perspire, and
ladies only glow a little." Basketball might as well have been Roller
Derby, it was so unfeminine. And if unfeminine, then lesbian! My high
school taught us half-court basketball. I cringe to think about it. Women
who play only half-court basketball don't give speeches that draw blood.

Inhibition was the rule not just in sports but when it came to having
opinions. "Don't talk!" mothers told their little girls. "Let the men
do the talking!" Samuel Johnson said: "A woman's preaching is like a dog
walking on his hind legs--it is not done well; but you are surprised to
find it done at all." Intimidated and inhibited even now, many older
women speak in a timid sing-song, asking permission. Or they shout to get
attention, and they sound harsh or shrill. Palin shows that a woman can
speak out with a wicked smile and saucy delight.

Palin cheerfully whacked Obama to bits. Obama couldn't decide whether to
vote Yes or No in the Illinois legislature, so he voted "Present," 130
times! Obama has authored two autobiographies, but no substantial piece of
legislation! With her confident and good-humored delivery of killer
lines, she's helped John McCain beat Obama--at least for the time
being--in the polls, and she draws Obama-sized crowds whenever she and
McCain appear together. The sorority sisters on the editorial pages may
swipe at her religious faith, sneer at her pregnant daughter, and cavil at
her elbows-out, shirt-tugging, executive style, but By George! that girl
can speak!

Palin the speaker is authoritative, down-to-earth, hortatory, humorous,
go-get'em. Neither a trial lawyer spinning an emotional narrative nor a
debater arguing three good points, she spoke to the Republican Convention
like the Warrior Queen Elizabeth I sending her troops out against the
Spanish Armada. That's how she spoke when she ran for office in Alaska,
too, promising to look out for Alaska's citizens like a mother bear, "like
Nanook." Palin spoke to the Convention, in fact, like the captain of an
inter-school basketball team exhorting her players in a sweaty locker
room--which she was. The Republicans roared their approval. Go, team!

The women like Palin who have benefited from competitive inter-school team
sports because of Title IX are in their forties now, or younger. They are
the women who are running for public office and starting their own
businesses, women who simply assume they can be leaders. Palin herself
told ABC's Charles Gibson, "I’m a product of Title IX, where we had
equality in schools that was just being ushered in with sports and with
equal opportunity for education, all of my life. . . ." Palin didn't wait
for McCain to offer her the nomination, she made it clear to interviewers
long before that, yes! she really wanted that vice-presidential job!

Thanks to Title IX, team sports have strengthened these younger women's
competitive appetites and taught them how to build a team, how to belong
to a team, and how to lead. For Palin the key to her break-through
nomination was break-through speaking skills. But the secret to Palin's
speaking success was break-through basketball. She shoots, she scores!
Mary Campbell Gallagher, J.D., Ph.D., is a professional speaker and the owner of
BarWrite® and BarWrite Press, a business that trains lawyers to write more
efficiently and prepares candidates for the bar exam. Her writing has appeared in
Newsday, New York Metro, The New York Observer, The Nation, The Weekly
and Legal Times.