In dealing with modern day issues relating to gender and sex, the awareness of cultural norms, political institutions, and various restraints on gender and sex expression are critical in understanding the roles of women in modern day society. As an avid researcher in the various roles played in contemporary life, Kara has investigated the advantages and disadvantages of being a women, as well as the role of womanhood as understood anthropologically in other societies. Kara's time spent as an unpaid intern at Centerforce in Oakland, CA, helped her to realize the extent of the physical and emotional turmoil that women specifically experience as an inmate. Further, her work experience at Cotton Basics in Oakland under the women-run business management and women-centered fashion organization contributed to her understanding of challenges women experience both in business management and individual physical expression. Noted below, the article she wrote regarding the effects of incarceration on women was critical to her understanding of issues specifically pertaining to women, highlighting unique hardships incarcerated women have to overcome.