The woman benefits by not having to go to work, and by spending time with her child.
I'd love to have a few months off with the family. I don't expect this to happen with no financial repercussions.
maybe when men take leave (I took three and a half months the year my kid was born) it doesn't get counted as a gap in hours or experience. At least, there's never been an instance where it's come up
I support fathers getting the same time out of work for the birth of a child that mothers enjoy. A lot of men don't actually want this though.
It would be interesting to get a proper objective study in Canada or one of the Scandinavian countries (with a more balanced approach to parental duties) on whether time out of the office has a greater impact on men or women. Nonetheless I don't think it's unfair that there is an impact.