Why the right answer here is "that" not "when"?

Reply Mon 13 May, 2019 09:59 pm
Hi everyone. I want to know why here the key answer is "that" not "when"? And, what does "cut-outs of adult women" mean?

"It was while she was watching her daughter Barbara playing cut-outs of adult women {that/when} creator Ruth Handler first came up with the idea."

I really apologize if there's something inappropriate in the sentence, but I can't totally understand it, and that's why I'm here.

Thanks in advance
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Jewels Vern
Reply Tue 14 May, 2019 10:49 pm
Ruth Handler was a founder of Mattel and developer of the Barbie doll. She got the idea when she saw her daughter cutting pictures of adult women to use them for paper dolls. Paper dolls have always been popular with American children.

"It was while ... that ..." This is a normal construction. I don't happen to know what you call the sentence parts, but that is the way we talk.
Reply Wed 15 May, 2019 07:22 pm
It =that
Reply Fri 17 May, 2019 01:49 pm
@Jewels Vern,
Understood. Thank you for your answer, Jewels.
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Reply Fri 17 May, 2019 01:50 pm
Oh, you have a point. Thank you, Punkey.
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