One of the biggest myths about professional women and success is that it's easier to get ahead in the workplace if you exhibit traditionally "masculine" qualities. Often these perceived traits include being assertive, confident, solution-focused, and ambitious. If it were true that men always behaved this way, and women never did, "think like a man" would be great career advice. But, there's one glaring flaw in that wisdom.
The good news is that the economy has been adding jobs fairly steadily for several years now. The bad news is that many of the occupations projected to grow the most in coming years are low-paying jobs, and guess who will be filling these positions? That's right: women. Always have, always will – if something doesn't change. We'll take a look at why women end up in low-wage occupations and how this phenomenon, known as the occupation gap, is contributing to the gender pay gap.