An acronym for Strong Women Achievers, No Spouse.
A phenomenon seen in society where many smart successful high earning career women find it difficult to find an honest partner, because most smart successful men prefer dumb pretty girls who will give them a great time in bed. These men are intimidated by SWANS, who in turn find it difficult to marry less successful men (just like all females) and would rather remain single then get used, or God forbid, mistreated by a loser.
They also have the tendency to get the unwanted attention of potential boytoy
s if they are found in their work environment (usually as copyboy
s), who are young broke but good-looking men who were jocks
in high school and are now adult male golddigger
s. However, unlike big male CEOs, who would happily have a trophy wife
, these women are (almost always) uncomfortable with marrying down.
Its not a common term but it has been used in several social science books like "Single by Chance, Mothers by Choice: How Women Are Choosing Parenthood Without Marriage and Creating the New American Family" by Rosanna Hertz
With the move towards gender equality and more women getting educated, starting a career life, climbing up the business ladder, and delaying marriage and starting a family, there are more SWANS now than ever, and will keep increasing unless men drop some old-fashioned attitudes about age, fertility and exterior beauty.