I will add more to this list as I discover more inspirational women photographers, but this list is who I follow now and find inspirational for one reason or another. The criteria: Meaningful, insightful, interesting photographic work. I'm also heavily biased towards photojournalism for obvious reasons.
The comments under my Facebook post have many more great women photographers listed:
1. Melissa Lyttle: Has a strong body of work over a long period of time that shows her ability to get close to people and be trusted. And...did I mention aphotoaday.org and everything else that goes along with it?
2. Ami Vitale: Consistently strong work worldwide.
3. Kendrick Brinson: Produces fresh, new, quirky and fun work to look at.
4. Sara Naomi Lewkowicz: Evolving into a very important photographer with her domestic abuse work.
5. Erika Schultz: One of the best female newspaper photographers in the country. I like how she sees the world.
6. Stephanie Sinclair: Her Too Young To Wed story will stand the test of time.
7. Beth Nakamura: She brings rock solid, fresh work every day. She's a great mentor to young photographers. Her writing is as beautiful as her photography.
8. Lisa Krantz: Is one of the best newspaper project shooters in the country.
9. Carey Wagner: I'm just starting to follow Carey, but from what I've seen, she's going places and should be on everyone's watch list.
10. Melanie Burford: Her project work is something everyone should study. Her work is intimate and powerful.
11. Barbara Davidson: Clicking on her name take you to her Pulitzer Prize in feature photographer...enough said.
12. Leah Nash: She's always working hard and bringing the goods.
13. Jaccquelyn Martin: Being an AP photographer is a very demanding and difficult job and she takes it to the next level with her project work with albino children called "Tribe of ghosts".
Of course, this list doesn't even come close to being a comprehensive list of outstanding women photojournalists, but it's a good start.
Check out some of the names mentioned on the Facebook thread: