As we celebrate Women's History Month on Good Morning Jacksonville we're highlighting local women who have paved the way in various fields. In today's spotlight meet "Steel Magnolia."


Georgia native, Tillie Fowler earned that nickname by knowing how to maneuver her way around tough senior officials in Washington, D.C. She shook up Northeast Florida's political scene. 

Elected to the Jacksonville City Council in 1989, she became the first woman and first Republican to lead the Council. A freshman representing Northeast Florida in Congress in 1992, Fowler was the first Florida Republican elected to the House. She also served on the Armed Services and Transportation Committees, fighting for our military. Fowler retired as the most powerful woman in Congress, walking through doors few women could at the time.


She died on March 2, 2005, at the age of 62. In 2006 "Steel Magnolia" was inducted into the Florida Women's Hall of Fame.


She's known for often saying this; "You are always a Southern lady, but being a lady doesn't mean you can't be tough."