Cassie Chambers Armstrong Secures Paid Parental Leave for Louisville City Employees

Cassie Chambers Armstrong (’16), Councilmember for Louisville, KY, and the Metro Council voted unanimously in favor of an ordinance providing city employees 12 weeks paid leave after a birth or an adoption event. Citing studies showing that paid leave allows parents to better connect with their children and reduces infant mortality rates, Cassie appeared on WDRB News supporting the measure (“Louisville Council Members, Some with Newborns, Pursue Parental Leave for City Workers,” Feb. 1, updated Mar. 16). “We do have higher rates of infant mortality in our Black community, and so access to paid parental leave is one way that we can begin to get at those disparate health outcomes.” Celebrating the March 25th win, Cassie noted, “Paid family leave is an important tool to help us recruit and retain qualified employees, and studies have shown that it is a cost-effective investment for our city. As a mom of an infant and a toddler, I am proud to see Metro Council taking steps to support our working families.” (“Metro Council Approves Paid Parental Leave for Metro Government Employees,” Mar. 26,