Anna Home, a contemporary of Baxter's and a former head of the BBC children's television department, says few women at the time would have thought of men's behaviour as sexist. "We sort of expected it," she remembers. "At the time it was quite an achievement to get into university, not just the BBC." When Baxter went to Durham University only 6% of the students were women.
Yet Baxter insisted on the male presenters working with babies or doing cookery segments. "It would have been fatal if one of the girls had done it," she says, "because boys [viewing] would have switched off." (Martinson, 2013).
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